Hataitai intersection

We're installing a mountable roundabout at a busy four-way intersection in Hataitai Village to address pedestrian safety concerns raised by the community.

Hataitai's main intersection.

Updates

September 2021

The roundabout is open from Friday 10 September. Waitoa Road East has reopened, however there will still be some traffic management through temporary traffic signals while construction continues.

Bus services have returned to normal and are running on their usual route. However, some of the temporary bus stops on these routes will remain in place.

The area of work has moved to the north/west corner of the intersection outside the Waitoa Social Club. Parking has been impacted, so please ensure your vehicle is parked clear of the work area. Pedestrians and people on bikes are still able to use the area but must follow directions of staff when passing through the work site.

August 2021

The project is progressing well, despite weather disruptions.

The roundabout artwork is installed but needs 28 days to cure, and can’t be driven on until then, especially because of the high volume of bus movements in the area. Asphalt has been laid around the roundabout and against new kerbing to keep water out of the base material and to help with drainage in the area. The full width of the roadway will be sealed at the conclusion of the work expected at the end of September (weather permitting).

Planters are next to be installed around the North/East corner of the intersection, and footpath areas resurfaced on the South/East corner by the Four Square.

July 2021

Construction of the mountable roundabout started last month.

We are pleased to announce that we have engaged with artist, Rangi Kipa of Taranaki Whānui, Te Atiawa Nui Tonu, to design the artwork below to be installed into the roundabout.

This design works off the idea of the two elements, the taniwha of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Ngake and Whaitaitai and references the colours of land and sea and the point with which they intersect.

The circular matrix is exploited to give life to the conceptual ideas of the tides and currents revolving and returning, of the coiled up tails of Ngake and Whaitaitai as they sought to escape the lake, and of Te Keo – the spirit that circled the physical remains of its former self, Whaitaitai.

Rangi Kipa artwork being installed into the Hataitai roundabout
Rangi Kipa artwork being installed into the Hataitai roundabout

General

Road closures

We have implemented a road closure on east Waitoa Road during the construction phase to facilitate the works, and to effectively manage traffic through the intersection. Other localised lane closures will also be managed in the area with temporary traffic signals.

Buses

The 35 and 14 bus routes will be detoured via Waipapa Road, Hataitai Road, William and Tapiri Streets.

  • In phase one before Waitoa Road is closed you can expect the two stops below the Pirie St bus tunnel to be moved up hill out of the construction zone.
  • In phase two when Waitoa Road east is closed you can expect the same two stops to remain in the temporary position.

The stop on Hataitai Road will also move uphill from it's present position and two new temporary stops will be created on the Haitaitai loop:

  • One at the end of Waipapa Road on the West side before Waitoa Road
  • A second on Waitoa Road, South side just before William Street.

Parking

Parking spaces will continue to be available on east Waitoa Road during construction. Please refer to the map in the documents section below  for information on parking and alternative routes to access east Waitoa Road. Please note; the map included in a previous letter drop was unfortunately incorrect.

A project information board will be placed in the village to keep the community updated on the phases and timelines of the construction. We expect the work to take approximately three months to complete.

About the project

The Hataitai community raised concerns about the safety of the intersection of Moxham Avenue, Waitoa Road and Hataitai Road following a number of reported crashes and near misses.

Based on community feedback from an initial proposal to install traffic lights at this intersection, we have assessed further options and determined that a mountable roundabout is the preferred way forward.

The mountable roundabout will slow traffic with ‘give way’ controls on each approach. The roundabout will include etching created by a local artist, and there will be plants and shrubbery planted around the intersection.

The current zebra crossings would be relocated a short distance away from the intersection to improve pedestrian and vehicle recognition and ensure vehicles are able to safely stop.

This relocation of the zebra crossing would require removing a total of 13 parking spaces that are currently located on the four roads immediately leading into the intersection.

We're exploring opportunities to provide more short-term parking in the wider vicinity of Hataitai village. We are proposing additional P60 time limited parks when the bus stops are not required and an additional three P60 parks on William Street in the current unrestricted angle parks.

Documents

Hataitai Intersection – Frequently Asked Questions

Aerial view of Hataitai intersection with a roundabout draft design on top, and text explaining the improvements proposed.
Proposed roundabout design

Background

In September 2018 we sought feedback from the public on a proposal to place traffic lights at this intersection to improve safety – particularly for pedestrians.

We had great engagement with the Hataitai community, with nearly 800 people, businesses and organisations taking the time to provide a submission on the proposed lights – 82% of these being residents.

While more than half of respondents answered ‘yes’ to having experienced, witnessed or being aware of crashes or near misses at the intersection, only 32% supported the installation of traffic lights.

Results of the engagement were published on the Council website in early November 2018 – see Results of engagement questionnaire proposed traffic lights Hataitai intersection (528KB PDF)

How to get involved

If you wish to make a formal comment to the Council on the proposed roundabout, please email hataitai.intersection@wcc.govt.nz