Historically a thoroughfare, the area surrounding the Parton Road/Tara Road roundabout is transforming, with more shops and a growing number of people living nearby. More people on the move on foot or by bike is adding to existing issues with speed and people (often school children) crossing the road.
To improve safety for people walking or cycling, and school children in the area, we will be installing signalised, shared crossings on all four roads entering the roundabout. This will help create a calmer, safer environment for all road users.
Night closures at the roundabout – 3 to 7 December 2023
To safely construct the raised crossings, closures are required. To reduce the effects on traffic, this work is planned at night between 8pm and 5am.
If you’re driving through the area during the closures:
- Tara Road/Te Okuroa Drive night closures
3, 4 and 5 December – 8pm to 5am
Traffic to and from Te Okuroa Drive will be diverted via Pāpāmoa Beach Road using Montiicola Drive and Golden Sands Drive.
From the motorway, traffic can use Domain Road to get into Pāpāmoa, and traffic to Te Puke can use Parton Road, Bell Road and Te Puke Highway.
- Parton Road North and South night closures
6 and 7 December – 8pm to 5am
Traffic into and out of Pāpāmoa will be diverted via either Domain Road, Pāpāmoa Beach Road or Tara Road/Te Okuroa Drive.
This work is weather dependent and rain could see it postponed at short notice. Digital signs in the area will keep residents informed.
We appreciate drivers’ patience with these works and our crew
What we're doing
As part of this project, we will be installing four signalised shared crossings with centre islands on all four legs of the roundabout; Tara Road, Parton Road North and South and Te Okuroa Drive. We are also:
- Relocating the Tara Road bus stop and adding a new bus shelter
- Installing CCTV cameras
- Installing drainage, new kerbs and channels
- Installing traffic islands, footpaths and cycle ramps
- Landscaping, adding low-level planting.
Work starts late October and is expected to be completed by Christmas 2023. To keep everyone safe during construction, temporary lane closures will apply.
What will this mean for commuters?
When not in use, the new raised shared crossings will slow traffic down which increases safety in the approach of the roundabout. Once lights are activated, traffic will stop for thirty seconds at a time, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely. These changes provide safer travel options for everyone, including people walking, cycling and school children in the area. We anticipate a minute or two will be added to drivers’ overall journey time at times.
For people cycling, scootering, busing or walking to work or school via the area, this should help you get to where you’re going more safely.
Parton Road roundabout plans (1.35mb pdf)
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