Roading engineers are tweaking the Bethlehem four laning plans to increase car parking.
Car parking was is one of the main issues raised by people at the recent Bethlehem Progressive Association public meeting on the project.
Bethlehem businesses are concerned NZTA’s announced plans to remove the parking lane on the northern side of the road will adversely affect their business by preventing impulse shoppers stopping on the way into town.
“It was a very informative meeting and I got quite a lot out of it,” says NZTA BOP state highways manager Rod James.
“There was nothing that was really a surprise to us, a couple of people were really keen to keep the main car parks and we are doing what we can.
“We were already reviewing where we could get more parks from. There’s a little bit of land on the side, and we could possibly squeeze in some where the bus stop was.”
They are also going to place time limits for cars parking at the Bethlehem shopping centre parking.
“We are looking at placing time restrictions so we don’t get people parking there all day,” says Rod.
“There have been suggestions from some people that it does happen.”