The right way round… 

Waka Kotahi design manager Greg Bailey, right, and project manager Zaid Essa, left, discuss the roundabout plans with members of the public. 

There is overwhelming support in Cambridge for a proposed roundabout at the State Highway One/29 Piarere intersection, if visitors to an information stand in the town on Tuesday are any indication.

Te Waka Kōtuia Engagement and Partnerships communications senior advisor Jane Thompson said more than 40 people turned up to discuss a solution for arguably the region’s biggest traffic trouble spot.

Some made design suggestions and others wanted to see cycle paths installed.

Public consultation at work

“Many had stories to tell about near misses or witnessing crashes at that intersection and raised concerns about safety on other parts of State Highway One in the area.”

Submissions on the $40 million plans close with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on February 9.

The preferred site considers several factors, including initial technical assessments of stormwater, ecology, archaeology and geotechnical information.

Discussions with affected landowners are continuing, as is the finalisation of the detailed technical assessments required to complete design, the lodgement of the Notice of Requirement and regional consents.

“It was good to hear people say they would be putting in a submission to support the project,” said Thompson.

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