Korikori Green, a road in Hamilton's Rototuna North connecting North City Rd and Kimbrae Drive, has been declared a pedestrian mall and will be closed to through traffic.
The restrictions remain in place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, except where permission from Hamilton City Council has been given to open Korikori Green to vehicles in relation to an event in Korikori Park or the surrounding area.
"A pedestrian mall is a street for people, meaning you can still walk, cycle, scooter or park on Korikori Green, but through vehicle access would be restricted," says city transportation operations team leader Robyn Denton.
Korikori Green alongside Korikori Park, which opened in February 2020, provides access and parking to the park. It also provides a link between the Rototuna high schools, the surrounds to the north-east of the village and the soon-to-be-built Rototuna Village.
A raised pedestrian platform with electronic bollards midway along Korikori Green provides a link between two cul-de-sacs. To close Korikori Green, the bollards will be raised.
They can be lowered when vehicles need access to the park, such as when there are large sports events.
"Korikori Green is a busy route for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly students travelling to and from the school. We have identified quite high vehicle speeds through this area (60-70km/h), despite the 30km/h speed limit introduced in November 2020," says Denton.
"As the Rototuna Village develops, the number of people who travel through this area will only increase and therefore this decision to close Korikori Green to through traffic supports our focus on making our transport network safe for all."
Current traffic counts through Korikori Green are around 2000 to 2500 cars per day.
Any person may, within one month after the making of this declaration, or within such further time as the Environment Court may allow, appeal to the Environment Court against the declaration.
The pedestrian mall declaration and closure of Korikori Green to through traffic will come into force once the appeal time has lapsed and any appeals have been resolved.
Overnight closure of SH1 Lorne St, Hamilton.
Meanwhile, a short section of SH1 through Hamilton will be closed overnight for up to two weeks for roadworks.
From Sunday, May 9, Lorne St will be closed between Normandy Ave and Ohaupo Rd from 8pm to 6am, Sunday to Thursday.
A pedestrian refuge is being built on Lorne St, opposite St Peters Park. The work involves trimming back the vegetation, building the median refuge and two kerb refuges, installing two new street lights and remarking the lines.
On the nights work is happening, Lorne St will be accessible only to residents and businesses. All other traffic will be detoured south on Normandy Ave and Ohaupo Rd.
There will be no access through the work site opposite St Peters Park, except for emergency services. This means residents at 10 to 34 Lorne St can only access from the west, while those at 36 to 51 Lorne St can only access from the east.
To ensure the safety of staff working on site and reduce congestion at the entry to Lorne St, access from either end will be by left turn only.