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Upper Hutt Leader : June 29th 2011
14 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 29, 2011 LETTERS Only at Esquires The Mall 235 Main Street, Upper Hutt Tel: 04 527 0651 * Not available with any other offer * Does not apply to FairShare Card purchases 9am-10am Monday to Friday be happy. On nly lya at tEs Esqu quir ires esT The heM 3841819AA 3782251AC Laser Electrical WELLINGTON NORTH 30 Camp Street, Trentham Ph 04 528 3892 "Totally Dependable" email@example.com Commercial, Residential & Industrial, Electrical Maintenance & Servicing Electrical Inspections, Caravan WOF's, Heat pump Servicing All leading brand Heat pumps: Panasonic, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi & Toshiba Back to Back Installations from $750 (conditions apply) 3839654AA 2 Geange Street, Upper Hutt. Ph 527 9858 OPEN 7 DAYS Winter Clothing and Accessories WINTER SALE NOW ON UP TO 70% OFF P: 04 528 9395 | C: 027 597 2519 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org 30 Goodshed Road, Upper Hutt (next to Lifestyle Gym) servicing | repairs | tyres | parts | accessories WOFs while you wait for all makes and models Open: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm | Sat 9am-1pm 3530457 Craig Thorn Director - 25 Sierra Way, Upper Hutt 5371 P: 04 528 7524 F: 04 528 7524 M: 021 116 8808 email@example.com www.pcrepair.co.nz COMPUTER ISSUES? Call me today for Fast, Friendly and Professional Service 3719968 To be quite honest I m sick of being treated like a leper by home owners because of my animals. Pet rats are not dirty or diseased, my cats sleep most of the day and as for my dog, he s a staffordshire bull mastiff cross, oh scary. He has a reference from his dog trainer, that s what responsible owners do, they train their animals. I can understand that people don t want their yards dug up or their homes chewed on but guess what? Neither do I. What I have noticed is the homes that allow animals are snapped up while the ones that don t seem to sit empty. If home owners are that worried about animals on their rental properties, why not ask for an animal bond? I would quite happily pay an extra bond to get into a home that would allow my pets. SAMANTHA HAILWOOD, Pinehaven River Rd users frustrated I am totally in agreement with Devon Flynn regarding the road works on River Rd. Whoever designed/approved this layout has obviously never travelled this road during the rush hour periods. A double lane southbound from the Moonshine Rd intersection is a must and why is the area being allowed for the median barrier so wide? This amount of room was not required for the barrier along the waterfront on the Kapiti Coast or through the Taita Gorge. The wide shoulders would accommodate all of the cyclists in Upper Hutt at one time and the positioning of the Armco barriers leaves a lot to be desired. North of the Silverstream turn off, a reasonably steep slope is unprotected while just around the corner a barrier protects a blackberry covered hillside. I hope that someone can have a second look at the present lane markings and redraw them. Never has so much been spent to achieve so little. JOHN THOMPSON, Emerald Hill I could not agree more with Devon Flynn. All this time, money and disruption and we end up with the same two-lane bottlenecks we have always had to put up with on River Rd. Why isn t all that extra space being used for much-needed additional opportunities to pass the rolling roadblocks that insist on dawdling along well under the posted speed limit? Thanks for nothing, NZTA. D O BUCK, Maoribank I, too, am incredulous at what must be an enormous waste of public money on ending up with a road slightly wider than it was, but essentially the same. The intended wire rope barrier could have been put in on the existing road (see Centennial Highway) for little cost and a lot less time. It s a pity the authorities could not have given some of the money spent for the council to have completely resurfaced Fergusson Dr, which apart from sporadic chip sealing from time to time has never been resealed (and so badly in need of it) properly since being handed back to the council when River Rd opened as SH2. W T C KITCHING, Heretaunga Rod James, NZ Transport Agency state highways manager, Wellington, replies: I wish to clarify a few points raised by some of your readers regarding construction of safety improvements on State Highway 2 at River Rd. These improvements are designed to eliminate head-on crashes. In the five-year period before this project was committed there were seven head-on crashes on this stretch of road, with two tragically resulting in fatalities. This project will help to prevent crashes and save lives, and we think that s a very valuable investment. A key part of the project is the installation of wire rope median barriers, for which the road needed to be widened. The barriers, once in place, will prevent the head-on crashes that have claimed lives on this section of highway. The width allowed for the median barriers is three metres. This is consistent with other wire rope barrier projects in the region. This width provides adequate deflection space if the barrier is hit, so that other motorists aren t endangered. This width also provides an appropriate clearance to the barrier for drivers, which reduces the chance of the barrier being hit. The two instances mentioned by your correspondents where a 1.5m median width has been used are located where there are significant width constraints and where the speed limit is less than 100 kmh. The road widening retains the previous lane configuration, with a northbound and southbound passing lane. Although a four-lane option was considered, this would have little effect on traffic flow as the adjoining section to the north is not four lanes. It was important to widen the shoulders for safety reasons. The new shoulder width is 2.5m wide. The previous shoulder widths were as narrow as one metre. A 2.5m shoulder is the preferred minimum width for this speed environment and traffic volumes. The width allows a vehicle to stop on the shoulder clear of the adjoining through lane, and allows for more room for error, which makes the road safer for everyone. It will also improve safety for cyclists by giving them more room. Guardrails have been installed on the hillside where the road embankment slope is particularly steep, and to prevent motorists crashing into culvert headwalls and a new concrete drain which runs along the toe of the hillside north of the entrance to the St Pat s Forestry block. We know this work has caused some disruption for motorists, and we appreciate there have been a few headaches. The work constructing these new improvements was carried out in combination with routine resurfacing, which did cause some delays. However, while combining the two jobs has created some short-term delays for motorists, carrying the works out separately would have caused more. We d like to thank motorists for their patience over the last year while construction has been carried out. It s always challenging to undertake major roadworks on a busy highway and ensuring workers are protected without causing major disruption to motorists. The job s nearly done and once it s finished in a couple of months, it will mean safer journeys and a much lower crash risk for everyone. Good old fashioned service! Recently I arrived without an appointment at Maidstone Mufflers in Upper Hutt to get a minor issue sorted for my car s warrant of fitness. Not only did they fix the problem straight away, but they did so without any charge! Thank you. Your service was outstanding! Maybe Upper Hutt locals should take the time to appreciate the goodness that is in our local community, particularly the good retailers who maintain good old fashioned service. B DAWSON, Blue Mountains
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