New road takes unexpected turn

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Significant changes to the way Tamahere people can drive to and from Tamahere School in the future could be around the corner.

The Waikato District Council proposes to stop drivers turning left into Devine Rd from the State Highway on-ramp as well as stop the right turn from Devine Rd back on to the on-ramp.

Drivers will only be allowed to turn left from Devine Rd on to the on-ramp in the future – a plan outlined somewhat obscurely in the council’s resource consent application for a new road linking Devine and Airport roads.

The planned Tamahere Link Road route runs from Devine Rd north of Tamahere School to Airport Rd, near Regal Haulage. It was publicly notified on August 13 and submissions are open until September 9. Click here for earlier story.

Tamahere ward Councillor Wally Hayes said many people wouldn’t expect such far-reaching proposals to be contained in what seemed a simple plan for a short road some distance from the Devine Rd/on-ramp intersection.

But the link road is part of a package of changes, which will be significant for parents of pre-school and school-aged children and others in the community.

“I urge people to have a good look at the council’s proposal and make a submission if they think it will affect them adversely, or if they are in favour of it,” he said.

The council’s proposal would mean, for example, that people driving from the Woodcock Rd area to the school would drive along Airport Road, turn right into the new link road and right into Devine Rd. They would re-trace the route on the homeward trip as the left turn only into Devine Rd would only allow them to head towards Hamilton.

Hayes said the NZ Transport Agency had indicated that it wanted the Devine Rd/on-ramp intersection closed totally when the Waikato Expressway was completed. That would make the link road an essential component of the local network, he said.

The link road proposal also includes the closure of Newell Rd at Airport Rd, and traffic calming measures on Newell Rd. See earlier story.

Details of the proposal and submission forms are available here on the Waikato District Council website.

A full copy of the application is also available on CD and can be obtained from Waikato District Council, Regulatory Support. Email Beryl McCauley with your name and address or phone 07 824 5742.
Copies of the application can also be viewed at the following locations:
• Waikato District Council, 15 Galileo Street, Ngaruawahia
• Public Library, 4 Jesmond Street, Ngaruawahia
• Public Library, Hamilton City Council, Garden Place

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