Roadside Work

 

The Levin to Otaki Cycle-way Bridge Hazards

 

1. The Ohau River Bridge of SH1  

2. The Ohau Rail Overbridge of SH1 

3. The Waikawa Stream Bridge of SH1 south of Tatum Park 

4. The Manakau Rail Overbridge of SH1  

5. The Waiauti Stream Bridge of SH1 in central Manakau   

6. The Pukehou Rail Overbridge of SH1 south of Manakau and in the Wellington Regional Council area. 

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1. The Ohau River Bridge of SH1 

[A] Eastern side foot path strip 

 

Below The narrow walking strips, on either side of the bridge, have plastic road markers on flanges that are bolted to the centre of the walking space. Many markers have been snapped off. It's very difficult to walk passed these markers and their flanges. It's impossible to walk a bike passed the intact ones but it's still very awkward pushing a bike over the flanges with broken plastic markers. They absolutely should not be there. The better alternative is for red reflective road markers to show the road edge, as the Pukehou Rail Overbridge photos show.

 

 

 

  

   

  

 

 

 

 

Below The contrasting Pukehou Overbridge in the Kapiti Coast District Council area to show one of the red reflective markers, by the milk bottle. They are from there to Wellington, but not in the Horizons Regional Council area to the north. While they're a lumpy nuisance for cyclists, they would replace the intrusive plastic marker battens and flanges on the Ohau River Bridge. 

 

Below Hazardous gravel for cyclists or walkers on the Ohau River Bridge.

 

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[B] Western side foot path strip with intact and snapped off, very obtrusive, plastic marker strips and their flanges.

 

 

 

 

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2. The Ohau Rail Overbridge of SH1 

The angled-out roof of the train "tunnel" gives the base for a reasonable width cycle and walking strip either side. 

 

 

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 3. The Waikawa Stream Bridge of SH1 south of Tatum Park

Below The white side marking strip gives very little room for cyclists, plus the sadly typical intrusive yellow sloped striped marker post fixed to the crash rail with a steel bracket. These get hit and leave a very dangerous steel cutter if a vehicle or cyclist was to scrape passed it.

 

Below Potential foot and bike path attachment to the main beam, either side.  

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4. The Manakau Rail Overbridge of SH1  

 

 

Below Negligible provision for cyclists with the white line so close to the edge, 

especially if two buses were to pass beside a cyclist. 

 

 

 

Below Beam of bridge juts out to take a future cycle lane 

 

Below Diagonal striped marker posts protrude from crash barrier, with a dangerous steel bracket. They need to be on flexible, soft rubber or plastic angle brackets.  Please note the lack of red roadside reflectors which are in the Wellington regional Council area, south of the Pukehou Hill. 

 

 

Below Looking south eastwards. Future location of a safe cycle route under the  railway overpass. It would need fences to clearly show where the cyclists should cross. Also, it needs a flat ramp over the rails and a stop sign for walkers and cyclists before they cross, after a good survey of the track, for obscured trains. Currently, the safe crossing option, under the bridge, is sadly illegal. It's a clear message to cyclists or walkers that their life is considered as if worthless, by roading authorities. Cyclists and walkers have had an absolute right to safely walk on such roads, as above, unless clearly banned, as on motorways, since Roman Empire times. Yet this overpass, as is typical, has no footpath, whatsoever.  

Below Looking south westwards 

 

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 5. The Waiauti Stream Bridge of SH1 in Central Manakau  

Below The reasonable width for cyclists at the Waiauti Stream bridge. However, the dangerous steel angle brackets of the marker posts are there too. It could be standard nation wide. Also please note, again, the lack of red reflector road markers that are in the Wellington Region.

 

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6. The Pukehou Rail Overbridge of SH1 south of Manakau in Wellington Regional Council area 

Above Good respect towards cyclists. 

 

 

Below The cycle strip is alright, so long as cars and not trucks pass each other beside a cyclist. What about walkers? Yes. There is no raised strip, as on the curved Ohau River Bridge. It's wrong that pedestrians are treated as if trespassers on such roads, as the photos  reveal. The new concrete walls on either side have a sloped inner edge that removed some precious width for cyclists and walkers.

 

Above Milk bottle beside a red reflective road marker that's typical of the  road sides to Wellington but absent, except for some isolated spots, northwards. 

Below A cycle lane outside the bridge wall would need to start beyond the yellow arrow signs. 

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This Grate Near Boulton Road Is Too Deep.

 

Vehicles Could Drive On It And Damage Their

Suspension Components From The Sudden Drop.

 

 It needs another grate over the top

that's flush with the road surface.

 

Better still, it needs shifting, so that it's one metre outside the line

of the gutter and in the verge. It's now in an unsafe place for such 

a deep sump grate.

2. The Ohau Rail Overbridge of SH1.  
2. The Ohau Rail Overbridge of SH1.  
2. The Ohau Rail Overbridge of SH1.  
5. The Waiauti Stream Bridge of SH1 in Manakau   
5. The Waiauti Stream Bridge of SH1 in Manakau   
5. The Waiauti Stream Bridge of SH1 in Manakau