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What did one roundabout say to the other? It’s your turn.

That’s exactly what’s happening in Rototuna as construction of one roundabout on Gordonton Road wraps up, and another kicks into gear.

The Gordonton Road and Darjon Drive roundabout is now complete, delivering a safer and more accessible intersection for all road users. It also means works can ramp-up at the Puketaha intersection where we’re building another new roundabout.

While the Darjon Drive roundabout brings a number of new safety and accessibility benefits, Hamilton City Council City Transport Unit Director, Gordon Naidoo, acknowledges that sometimes road works can be frustrating.

”Our team worked hard to try and minimise these impacts and get out of there as quickly as possible, while keeping our staff safe,” said Naidoo.

 Gordonton Road is one of the main routes for commuters coming in from north of the city, with about 11,000 vehicles using it each day.

“During construction, we found there was 10% less traffic on the road than usual which means people were able to use alternate routes, which was the focus of our messaging,“ he said.

Attention now turns to Puketaha Road with the construction of the new roundabout that will not only improve safety for people using the intersection but will create a new access for residents into St James Drive.

“At Puketaha Road we have the space to build a temporary road next to St James Drive which will mean we can still have traffic flowing in both directions for most of the project, however there will still be some stop-go needed at times,” said Naidoo.

Deputy Mayor Angela O’Leary believes finding the balance between improving our roads and not causing too much disruption can be like walking a tight rope.

“The road cone certainly isn’t everyone’s favourite sight – but it’s an important one, and it shows that Council are doing the mahi to improve our city and making sure people can get around safely,” she said.

“All we’re asking is that people slow down, it’s not a hard concept. People drive on autopilot sometimes and we need to help put things in place to make it easier to get home safely.”

“Mistakes do happen, we want them to be less severe when they do because they are all someone’s family, friend or neighbour.”

“Your support is helping guide the way towards a city where people connect to places in safe, accessible, and smart ways.”


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