Kennedy Road/Highway 2 Intersection
Planning Started: Early 2008
Construction Started: Earrly 2009
Completed: March 2009
The revamp of this major intersection in early 2009 was aimed at improving traffic flow and safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Because Highway 2 crosses Kennedy Road - one of the city's most heavily used arterial routes - the upgrade had to meet the objectives of both the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Napier City Council.
A better traffic flow was achieved by constructing a new left-turn slip lane for northbound State Highway traffic as well as a new right-turn bay for vehicles westbound on Kennedy Road.
Dedicated cycling lanes were created through the intersection to link into the city's cycling network. Delineated with green cycleway markings, "stop boxes" allow cyclists to wait in front of vehicle traffic for the lights to turn green.
Tactile pavers and holding rails at crossing points make walking to and from the Marewa shops safer and easier, particularly for disabled pedestrians.
Outreach arms on new traffic signal poles enhance the overall safety of the intersection.
This was primarily a State Highway project funded and managed by NZTA with some input from the Council. It was designed and supervised by Opus International Consultants, and Higgins Contractors did the construction. The project cost approximately $400,000 and was completed in March 2009.