To make the Bureta Road/Vale Street intersection safer for everyone, we’ve designed an upgrade plan to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
What is the safety risk?
A fatal pedestrian injury in 2017 and other near misses mean that safety changes are needed at this intersection. Local schools and residents have told us they want to make crossing Vale Street safer. This includes reducing traffic speeds and making the crossroads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers . The commissioners have made their position clear: safety of our community is a top priority for Council.
Preliminary design features
The features we will be progressing in the final design include additional features to factor in cyclists’ safety:
- A roundabout at the Bureta Road/Vale Street intersection with a raised table has been designed for cyclists to approach the roundabout at a similar speed to a car.
- Moving the existing zebra crossing from the intersection on Vale Street to a new location in front of the Countdown carpark and upgrading to a zebra crossing on a speed table. This increases safety for both cyclists and pedestrians as it is set back from the roundabout.
- Two new raised tables, which will slow traffic entering the intersection, making it safer for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists. These will be located at:
- Bureta Road, north of the intersection entrance.
- Vale Street, west of the intersection entrance.
Bureta Road/Vale Street preliminary design plan (696kb pdf)
Please note: this is a preliminary design. A safety audit is still to be completed and there are some final reviews (e.g. stormwater) being undertaken that may result in minor changes.