The first of five new pedestrian traffic lights to improve safety in Hamilton for people who walk or use mobility aids has this week been switched on at Silverdale Rd at the shopping centre.
Local resident Thelma Tarawhiti (pictured above, left) who has lived in Crosher Pl for over 40 years was the first to cross the new, safer crossing along with Hamilton City Council’s Infrastructure Alliance project manager Arul Pillay (pictured above, right).
And in a first for the country, the new traffic lights are extra low voltage (ELV). This means there is no risk of electric shock to anyone working on site if the pole has been knocked over in a crash, or if there is a fault.
The new ELV technology is more reliable and is expected to be used at other new traffic lights being installed in Hamilton.
Five new pedestrian traffic lights are being installed across the city in selected high- risk street crossing locations including around schools and retirement villages.
Work will be starting next week to install pedestrian traffic lights on Collins Rd by Deanwell Ave, and next year on Victoria St by Trevellyn Rest Home, on Masters Ave by Hillcrest High School and on River Rd by Alandale Retirement Village and the Flagstaff shops.
These are part of $4.5M of road safety improvements planned for the city in the 2018/19 year.