In September 2019 the Council voted to support traffic signals at the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection, asking staff to investigate options to fund the estimated $1.2m cost. A staff report will be presented to the Finance and Performance Committee tomorrow, recommending that the signals be added to the scope and budget for the proposed Wheels to Wings cycleway and that the Council considers bringing forward the timing of that project. Adding signals to the scope of the cycleway “…may allow the costs of the signalisation to attract NZTA subsidy”.
Alternatively the Council could vote to deliver signals as a stand-alone project, which would not be subsidised by NZTA and would require either new funding or substitution of other projects in the annual plan. The report notes that signals cannot be funded out of the Council’s intersection safety programme, as the intersection is outside the top 100 riskiest in Christchurch. Due to Council and community support for signalisation, a ‘do nothing’ option was ruled out by staff.
The full report can be found at item 16 of the agenda linked below. The committee meeting is open for the public to attend and is also live streamed online.