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Modifications are coming to a key central-city intersection.
Right-turn arrows will be installed at Devon/Liardet as a result of the traffic rule change in March which gave priority to left-turning vehicles over opposing right-turning traffic.
The additional phase will see right-turn arrows for traffic on Devon Street East turning right into Liardet Street. The Council plans to have right-turn arrows installed by the end of August.
Manager Roading Assets Max Aves says right-turning drivers on Devon Street East, in particular those turning toward Pukekura Park, often have limited opportunity to get through the intersection. Drivers often either switch to driving straight through or turn right as the lights change to red.
“The next signals phase at that intersection is the pedestrian phase, and these late moves are making the intersection less safe for users,” he says.
“We have observed these issues for ourselves and we have also had feedback from the police and the general public, so we’ll be installing a right-turn phase for drivers on both approaches of Devon Street East.
“We ask drivers to have patience in the interim and to negotiate this intersection with care during busy times.”
An equivalent right-turn phase from Liardet onto Devon is not required at this stage.
In June the Council installed right-turn arrows from St Aubyn Street into Dawson Street for similar reasons.