Waikanae Intersection to be made safer

Kāpiti Council is upgrading Te Moana Road and Park Avenue intersection to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility.

The work involves shifting an existing bus stop eastwards and installing a central refuge on Te Moana Road to improve pedestrian and cyclist access across Te Moana Road to Greenaway Road. The kerb line at Te Moana Road and Park Avenue intersection will be moved to reduce traffic speeds and make it safer and easier for people to cross the road.

Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says the work to upgrade the intersection follows community consultation about improving cyclist facilities on Park Avenue to enable better access to the Waikanae town centre late last year.

“Through this community consultation process upgrading the crossing points on Te Moana Road was identified as a priority.”

Work to upgrade the intersection will commence next week and is expected to be complete by late June. There will be some disruption while the work is carried out but Council aims to keep this to a minimum and traffic management will be place.

“Traffic patterns and volumes and patterns have changed on Te Moana Road since the Expressway opened to traffic and the improvements we’re making will make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to move between Waikanae’s beach area, the M2PP Shared Pathway and the town centre,” Mr Mallon said.