Nor West News : March 17th 2011
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No job is too difficult and we offer great old-fashioned Kiwi service Hours: Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm Sat 8am to noon • Servicing and general repairs • Automatic Transmission • Tyres • WOF • Free courtesy car Kaukapakapa Automotive 2005 Ltd 1126 Kaipara Coast Highway Ph: 09 420 5095 3502959AA Bikers ride for quake victims By JORDYN O'SHEA AUT journalism student Hundreds of motorcy- clists will take to the roads in red and black this Saturday to raise money for earthquake victims. A charity motorcycle ride starting at Dairy Flat and ending in Mer- cer is expected to attract up to 400 riders, organ- iser Mark James says. Groups from Hamilton and Tauranga will ride to meet the Aucklanders at the Muddy Waters Tavern in Mercer, with another ride simul- taneously taking place in Wellington. Mr James hopes the Auckland ride will raise $5000 to $6000, all of which will be sent to the Salvation Army in Christchurch. Motorcyclists will do- nate a minimum of $10 to participate. Swanson man Michael Clarke will make the ride after trying to sign up to be a Red Cross vol- unteer but being told there were too many volunteers already. Doing my bit from Auckland is better than nothing, he says. When he heard about the charity ride he did not have to think twice about signing up. I wanted to get my bike out anyway, so I thought: Why not get amongst a bunch of people who want to do the right thing while doing something they enjoy? Anyone who wants to take part in the charity ride should be at the BP station next to the motorway in Dairy Flat by 10.30am on Saturday. Long-sought roundabout open At last: Taupaki and Kumeu campaigners, Auckland Council and NZ Transport Agency representatives celebrate the official opening of the long- awaited roundabout at the State Highway 16 intersection with Taupaki Rd and Old North Rd near Kumeu. Included are, front in fluoro vests, Auckland state highways manager Tommy Parker and Rodney councillor Penny Webster, behind her right, is Rodney Local Board chairman Bob Howard, and front right Pat Delich and Pete Sinton. Long-time Taupaki ratepayers representative Harry James is in front, second from left, and Soljans Wine Estate's Tony Soljan, is at back, second from left. After a decade of campaigning Taupaki and Kumeu residents got their wish when a new $4.5 million two-lane round- about officially opened on State Highway 16. Calls have long been made for safety improvements at the highway s intersection with Taupaki Rd and Old North Rd -- mainly because right turn- ing motorists often had diffi- culty getting a good view of approaching traffic. Drivers trying to exit the two side roads often faced long delays. Forty crashes over five years luckily involved only one with a serious injury and no deaths. Residents championed a roundabout but the former roading agency Transit New Zealand considered that un- suitable and preferred alter- natives, such as increased warning signs and a different road configuration. Speed limits were reduced to 80kmh along the highway. More recently the New Zea- land Transport Agency stepped up to the plate. The agency s Auckland state highways manager Tommy Parker says: We know that local residents have spent a decade campaigning for these improvements and we want to thank them for their ongoing support. Constructing a roundabout smooths the flow of traffic and should eliminate the repu- tation the intersection has had as a crash black spot, Mr Parker says. More than 20,000 vehicles daily pass through the inter- section and this is expected to grow as the region develops and the four-lane extension of the northwestern motorway to Brigham Creek Rd is com- pleted next year. The round- about has been designed to cater for expected growth in the area and includes a dedicated left turn lane from Taupaki Rd. The project started in May 2010 and includes new footpaths, cycle lanes, bus stops and lighting which will also make it safer for schoolchildren to cross the highway. The intersection speed limit remains at 80kmh, although Taupaki Rd has a 70kmh restriction. The NZTA worked closely with the Auckland Council, and the former Rodney Dis- trict Council so a new water main could be installed and nearby Allely House res- taurant and function centre was also given a new entrance. The upgrade of the intersec- tion is part of a series of projects by the NZ Transport Agency to improve the safety and reliability of State High- way 16 as a regional route through Kumeu, Huapai, Wai- mauku and Helensville. The programme includes new lighting along the high- way, now completed, and proposed roundabout improve- ments at the Muriwai Rd intersection.
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