High crash zone in Intersection of Great North Road & Awaroa Rd

Reported in the Road/highway category by Anita Cooper at 16:55, Tue 1 December 2015

Sent to Auckland Transport 29 sec later.

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The intersection of Great North Road & Awaroa Road, Glendene requires attention. Since moving to the area in August, I've witnessed 6 car crashes, one of them serious. This intersection covers two lanes each side & a side street (Awaroa Rd). The biggest safety concern is the Right-turning traffic from Awaroa Rd onto Great North Rd, and the right-turning traffic from Great North Rd onto Awaroa Rd. Vehicles making a right-hand turn have to cross two lanes and watch for on-coming traffic. Traffic from Awaroa Rd have a 'Stop' sign, but this doesn't help. There's have been too many near misses. There are traffic lights at either end of Great North Road, which help with congestion a little. But doesn't help make it less dangerous. The logical approach would be to remove the right-hand turn from both Awaroa Rd and Great North Road. Lights will only make the congestion worse

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Hi all, please see reply from Auckland Transport.. I've written back to inquire if a 'no-right turn' at peak hours would be considered. *** Response from Auckland Transport: Dear Anita, Subject:Great North Road / Awaroa Road – Driver Safety Thank you for contacting Auckland Transport on 30 November 2015 regarding the intersection of Great North Road and Awaroa Road. When making right turns at this intersection, driver’s visibility of approaching traffic is relatively good. Furthermore, as you noted, there are traffic signals at the adjacent intersections of Hepburn Road and View Road, which provides "gaps" in the traffic that assist drivers making right turns at the Awaroa Road intersection, particularly during off-peak periods. For these reasons, Auckland Transport considers that right turns can be safely made at the intersection. If drivers have difficulty making right turns during peak periods they can choose to take an alternative route via View Road where the right turn movements onto and from Great South Road are controlled by traffic signals. Auckland Transport does not currently propose to prohibit right turns at the Awaroa Road intersection. We regret that we cannot justify any immediate changes at this present time. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback and trust the above explains our decision in this instance. Kind Regards
My reply to AT: I witnessed another crash this morning (8.02am) It seems that this occurs at 'peak hours' morning and night. Is it possible to enforce a 'no right turn at peak hours' policy? There are no 'breaks / gaps' in traffic, even when the lights at the other intersections change.

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