Pandora Road Roundabout
Planning Started: 2004
Construction Started: May 2012
Completed: October 2012
Napier's newest roundabout, at the intersection of Pandora Road, West Quay and Humber Street, is working smoothly after fully opening to traffic early in October 2012.
The roundabout was considered necessary because motorists were finding it difficult exiting West Quay and Humber Street onto Pandora Road. Emerging from these two roads, they had to cross as many as four lanes, causing problems that contributed to a number of crashes.
The turning manoeuvre became more challenging with the development of more intensive housing in the area and the growing popularity of major sports events based around Pandora Pond. Financial contributions from the neighbouring apartment developments helped pay for the intersection improvements.
Preparatory work for the roundabout began with the relocation and installation of underground services ahead of construction which started in June.
As part of the roundabout project, the New Zealand Transport Agency (Pandora Road is part of State Highway 2) agreed to the removal of the four-lane markings from Thames Street to the Pandora Bridge. The four lanes were no longer considered necessary for the volume of traffic using Pandora Road - the traffic count dropped from around 17,000 vehicles per day to less than 10,000 when the northern expressway extension opened in 2004.