Works have finished ahead of schedule at the Claudelands East intersections, after much-anticipated safety, road, and traffic light upgrades were completed over the last four weeks.
The Claudelands Road/Grey Street intersection, through to the Heaphy Terrace/O’Neill Street/Brooklyn Road intersection, was closed for construction to allow critical upgrades for safety, traffic light, signalling and other works. Originally expected to be complete by Friday 11 November, the intersection was fully reopened to traffic several days earlier, the morning of Monday 7 November.
Council’s Public Transport and Urban Mobility Manager, Martin Parkes, is pleased to see the upgrades complete, and the new-and-improved area open earlier than planned.
“We understand, and our community has told us of their frustrations due to the closure – so being able to successfully deliver this project and reopen as usual has been the focus through managing this project.
“While we do regret the inconvenience over the last few weeks, these works were critical to ensure we can continue to meet the demands of our city’s current and future growth – and provide a safe, smart, and accessible transport system so we can all continue to get where we need to go.”
Parkes said he understood people’s frustration over the last few weeks, but the closure was only for a short period.
“Roading projects must be done, especially in a growing city with pressure on transport networks.”
The upgrade works include improving pedestrian and biking facilities, installing traffic calming measures, and road resurfacing. As part of these safety improvements, a no right turn travelling north from Grey Street into Claudelands Road was implemented, to streamline traffic turning right into Brooklyn Road.
The improvements also included a complete replacement of the traffic light system through the area – including its underground wiring and connections to power and fibre – which was last upgraded in 1990.
“Being able to complete this work and fully replace 32-year-old infrastructure means those traffic lights have now been brought onto the same system as the rest of the city.”
Now that the Claudelands East intersection upgrades are complete, there are more connected cycle and walkway network links through the area – including those which extend across the Claudelands Bridge and into the city centre.