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Construction work is to start shortly on a new roundabout for the Pandora Road, West Quay and Humber Street intersection.
Currently, motorists are finding it difficult to exit West Quay and Humber Street onto Pandora Road. Emerging from these two roads, they have to cross as many as four lanes, causing problems that have contributed to several serious crashes in the past.
The situation has worsened in recent years with the development of more intensive housing in the area. The Napier City Council will channel financial contributions from apartment developments in West Quay and Humber Street towards the cost of the intersection improvements.
As part of the roundabout project, the New Zealand Transport Agency has agreed to the removal of the four-lane markings from Thames Street to the Pandora Bridge. The lanes are no longer required for the volume of traffic using Pandora Road.
In May, underground services will be relocated and installed as needed ahead of construction work starting on the roundabout in June.