Crossing problem solved?

A lick of white reflective paint has been applied to the grey pavers on Orewa’s new pedestrian crossings, making them much more visible to traffic.

The crossings, put in place by Auckland Transport from the town centre across Hibiscus Coast Highway, have been controversial, with business association Destination Orewa Beach, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and numerous residents all voicing safety concerns. There have been several near misses on the crossings.

Auckland Transport spokesperson Mark Hannan says the paint went onto the crossings overnight last Sunday, August 12, as a result of community feedback.

He says a safety audit of the four new crossings is underway.

Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Hellen Wilkins says she is pleased to see the pavers have been painted and is keen to see what the safety audit reveals regarding other issues at the crossings, such as their proximity to intersections.


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