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Devon St West walking and cycling improvements

31 August 2017

New Plymouth District Council has been working on concept designs for improving Devon Street West (SH45) between Belt Road and Belair Avenue for cycling, walking, and safety at intersections.  We have completed the first round of consultation on the design and made some amendments based on community feedback received in September 2015.  We are now seeking your feedback on the revised designs here.

 

The length of Devon Street West / South Road (SH45) is a significant urban arterial state highway and links the CBD to the western suburbs and Oakura.  The road also serves Devon Intermediate School, West End School, St Josephs Primary School, private residences, commercial enterprise, and provides an access (via Lorna Street) to Taranaki Base Hospital.

 

As a transportation route there have been safety issues identified with cycle lanes being shared with parking spaces,  footpaths being too narrow, and safety issues at intersections for all traffic.  The proposed design allows for continuous cycle lanes, inset car parking where there is a demonstrated demand for it and wider footpaths.

 

The proposed improvements include:

·         A continuous cycle lane along each side of Devon Street West, from Belt Road to Belair Avenue

·         Parking will be predominantly on one side of the road (north side) with inset parking provided where practical.

·         New right turn bays provided at the intersections with Calvert Road and Doone Street.

·         Relocation of the Zebra crossing near Belt Road West by approx. 10m.

·         Inset bus stops to reduce conflict with cycle lanes.

·         Wider footpaths along the route where practicable.

·         Raised crossing facilities for pedestrians on side roads.

·         Revised road markings to enable the above changes.

 

The overview drawings of the project can be found here.  Subject to the review of feedback it is expected that construction will be broken in two sections, Belt Road to Lawry Street early-mid 2018, and Lawry Street to Belair Avenue late 2018/early 2019.  We are inviting stakeholders, residents, property owners, and the community for feedback on the current proposal.  Can you please review the current plans and get back to us no later than 5pm on Friday 15 September 2017?

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