Work starts on Monday at Grantham St and River Rd to install safer pedestrian crossing points for people on foot.
The upgrades, which are expected to be completed by the end of May, are part of Hamilton City Council’s $4.5M of road safety improvements planned this year to make it safer for people to get around our growing city by bike, walking or bus.
At the intersection of Grantham and Victoria Sts a raised pedestrian platform will go in and the footpath will be widened. This will help make it safer for people heading to and from the central city on foot by slowing traffic and creating a clear crossing point. There will be just one entry point for vehicles turning into Grantham St, and the two existing mobility parks will be relocated slightly further north to outside the Waikato Museum.
At River Rd by the Flagstaff shops a new pedestrian crossing with traffic lights will be installed and some footpaths widened. This will mean the removal of the existing pedestrian crossing slightly north of there, and for safety and pedestrian visibility reasons will require some trees in the median strip to be taken out. A new bus bay and accessible kerb for bus access will also go in on the shops side of River Rd.
Traffic management will be in place to guide people and traffic around both work areas, and minor delays should be expected at times. At Grantham St during this work, there will be no right turn from Victoria St.
The Council thanks all road users for their patience and understanding while this safety improvement work is done, and for safety reasons urges extra care to be taken when driving through both work areas.
For plans of this work and information about the current safety improvement programme visit http://myhcc.nz/safety