Creative Solutions by Auckland Transport Achieve Massive Savings For Ratepayers.
Auckland Transport have recently released revised costings on road maintenance for the Esplanade. Since the June 2012 report and the Local Board’s support for Auckland Transport’s preferred option, there has been a considerable amount of work done in determining the best way of delivering an ‘all user’ two way road with very low traffic speeds. This work has determined that by using strategically located timber squeezers to narrow the road, much of the widening envisaged in the June 2012 report is not required. This change in design methodology has reduced the cost of the entire project from nearly $2million to around $500k and provided a much more cost effective solution for re-opening The Esplanade to all traffic.
The traffic calming measures should ensure the Esplanade remains one of the safest roads on the island. Police reports show in the three years prior to its closure only two incidents were reported for the Esplanade compared to nearly 1000 Waiheke-wide.
Two more initiatives from Auckland Transport, the Waiheke Winding Lanes and Slow Down You’re Here Road Safety Campaign, will enhance the message to all road users to drive to the conditions and be more courteous to other road users.