They were meant to improve the flow of traffic. Instead, traffic signals installed at Barkes Corner - the intersection of State Highway 29A, Pyes Pa Rd, Cameron Rd and Marshall Rd - last September made things worse with a spate of crashes.
Transport officials responded by replacing the signals with red and amber lights in December. But how much has all this cost? The answer? More than was planned for. Figures provided under the Official Information Act reveal the project has suffered a budget blowout.

Plans to alleviate traffic congestion at one of Tauranga's busiest intersections has resulted in a budget