Safety improvements coming to intersection

R_KCDC-Top-leftThe Kāpiti Coast District Council is acting quickly in response to residents’ concerns about the Aotaki Street/Kirk Street intersection in Ōtaki.

The recent Ōtaki Community Board meeting heard that about 60 people had signed a petition calling for action after several accidents at the intersection.Local resident Gus Housiaux told the meeting vehicles had come through the fence of his property, and he feared for the safety of his family.

The Community Board agreed to a package of initial steps to improve safety at the intersection, including a give way sign and a pedestrian refuge, with Electra tting a new LED “clip-on” streetlight to their power pole on the corner of Kirk and Aotaki Streets.

To avoid an imbalance between the strength of old and new lighting, Electra will also be upgrading the streetlight around the corner on Aotaki Street to LED.Council staff are planning to have the work completed in the next month.

Staff will continue to monitor the intersection after the new works are in place, to determine whether further traffic calming measures are needed.