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Work will start next week on a new roundabout at the intersection of Te Ore Ore Road with Blair and Totara Streets, increasing safety in an area of longstanding concern.

Downer Ltd will carry out the $746,000 job, which attracts a 58 per cent subsidy from Waka Kotahi.

The Council receives regular complaints from the public about road users’ safety in the area, especially traffic turning right from Te Ore Ore Road.

There is also currently limited opportunity for pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the road in the vicinity of the intersection.

Council Manager Assets and Operations David Hopman said a roundabout was a good solution for the site.

“Roundabouts are a safer form of intersection control compared to most other types,” he said.

“They provide smoother traffic flow and fewer delays for drivers in off-peak periods and can mean less delay for pedestrians.”

Included in the project is construction of refuge islands for pedestrians crossing Te Ore Ore Road.

The work is expected to start on Wednesday (with traffic management measures in place to ensure work is carried out safely.

“We appreciate the work could mean some minor delays in travel but we are sure the roundabout will be welcomed by road users and local residents,” Mr Hopman said.

The roundabout will take about five months to complete.

While a roundabout is also the Council’s preferred option at the intersection of Te Ore Ore Road and Opaki Road (SH2), work on a state highway needs approval by Waka Kotahi.