Monday, 4 September 2017 11:36am
State Highway One outside the University will be down to one lane at times this week and next as work continues on the cycleway upgrade.
Parts of State Highway One will be down to one lane outside the University of Otago at various times over the next two weeks as work intensifies on the city’s new, safer cycleway.
This is to ensure that noise is kept to a minimum on Cumberland Street outside the University later in the year while students are sitting exams, Fulton Hogan Project Manager Brett Paterson says.
The work being done in the next fortnight includes:
- Ongoing works at the Duke Street intersection
- Preparing a bus bay beside Abbey College, near Howe Street
- Kerb realignment between Howe and Dundas Streets
- Milling into the existing asphalt then laying fresh and level asphalt for the new cycle lane between Dundas and Albany Streets
Fulton Hogan is also setting up a site office, for the duration of the project, in Walsh Street, which is between Gowland Street (State Highway One) and Albany Street. This will close Walsh Street to through traffic, but will not affect pedestrian access to Student Health.
People wanting to keep up-to-date with the progress of the project can check its Facebook page: Dunedin One-Way Cycle Lane Project. New information is added at least weekly.
Mr Paterson thanks people for their patience and reminds motorists to slow down while going past the work site.
About the project:
The cycle lane work beside the University - on the southbound highway between Duke and Albany Streets – should be completed about mid-November.
The New Zealand Transport Agency says cyclists and pedestrians are very clearly over-represented in fatal and serious injury crashes on Dunedin’s one-way system, especially given the relatively low number of cyclists compared to motorists.
Two cyclist fatalities since 2011 prompted a major safety review of the highway cycle lanes, and there have been nine more injury-crashes involving cyclists since then.
New cycle lanes are being created on the north and southbound legs of the one-way system between the Dunedin Botanic Garden and Queens Gardens. The first part of that work is now underway on Cumberland Street, alongside the University.
The existing painted cycle lanes are being replaced with purpose-built cycle lanes beside the footpath. A series of concrete islands will keep traffic and cyclists safely apart.
Except for this initial area of work on Cumberland Street, the new cycle lanes are on the right side of the highway to create fewer interactions between cyclists and buses at bus stops.
The cycle lanes will stay on the left side between the Botanic Garden and Albany Street so people biking to the University or Otago Polytechnic do not have to cross and then re-cross the highway.
Cyclists’ use of the existing highway cycle lanes peaks at about 500 people a day, but the New Zealand Transport Agency believes that figure could easily double when the new separated cycle lanes are finished.
Pedestrian safety will also improve – particularly at intersections controlled by traffic signals, where the signals will be upgraded to provide better protection (phasing) for pedestrians as well.