Attempts are being made to ease summer traffic gridlock and improve pedestrian safety in Mangawhai Heads by temporarily making its main thoroughfare, Wood Street, one-way from December 16 to February 10.
The Kaipara District Council trial aims to improve traffic flow and provide better parking in and around the Heads shopping centre when the influx of holidaymakers fills the beach community to bursting point.
“During peak holiday periods, Wood Street shops see bumper-to-bumper traffic and heavy congestion around the petrol station, bait shop and village eateries,” a Council spokesperson said. “The current parking facilities fail to accommodate the influx of visitors and has led to visitors parking anywhere they can fit, often at the expense of pedestrian safety.”
As well as making Wood Street one-way from Molesworth Drive to Ellen Street, the trial will include additional parking spaces, new limited 60-minute parking, clear marking to separate footpaths and carparks, and improved footpaths and signage.