Council looking into Greerton upgrades
Ten months of upgrades to Greerton Village roads and intersections are done, but it seems the job’s not finished.
Tauranga City Council elected members have now asked staff to go back and look at options of improving the improvements.
Mayor Greg Brownless has emphasised the need to focus on looking forward concerning Greerton roadworks, instead of looking back.
The council’s transport committee wants an examination of options for improving the traffic flows through Greerton along Cameron Road, without compromising safety.
The upgrades were designed to help improve Greerton Village for everyone – people walking, on bikes, on mobility scooters and in cars. But it caused an outcry from retailers and residents alike.
”It’s not as street anymore, it’s a carpark,” observed one retailer as stalled traffic banked up along Cameron Road.
Another resident conducted a petition which attracted hundreds of signatories.
Options the committee want explored are:
- improving the general traffic flow through the Greerton area
- prioritisation of emergency services and buses in and out of Greerton area
- a pedestrian overpass or underpass
- relocating the current lights controlled Cameron Road pedestrian crossing further to the north and reviewing the timing of the wait period for pedestrians at the Cameron Road crossing, particularly during peak times.
Council CEO Marty Grenfell has also begun an independent review of the Greerton project and a range of other projects – the goal being to understand if there are issues or themes with council processes and decisions that council can learn from.