Sign 'overkill' at roundabout

A Tauranga roundabout has sparked ‘tongue in cheek’ from a resident who says its nine warning signs are a Tauranga City Council “overkill”.

Bethlehem resident David Flatt was driving home from the Avenue 14 Medical Centre when he noticed the “unusually high” number of signs signalling the new roundabout behind Tauranga Boys’ College.

The 13th Avenue roundabout behind Tauranga Boys’ College with its numerous signs. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

The roundabout, installed about six months ago by TCC, currently has nine signs warning motorists of its presence.

“I just came through the roundabout and noticed on each of the four corners you have two signs, plus another one. It’s just overkill,” says David.

“Do we need that many signs on a relatively minor road to tell you that you have got a roundabout and it’s brand new?”   

Viewing the issue as a bit of tongue in cheek, David says it isn’t overly concerning, but questions how much each of the signs cost. 

Along with the nine signs, another four signs stand near 11th Avenue for an already existing roundabout.

“We have sign city, we have signs everywhere – signs telling us we have signs,” says David.

“I’m not averse to having them. You become aware as you drive around the city.”

TCC city transportation manager Martin Parkes says the allocated number is justified because it meets the standards set out in the Traffic Signs Manual.

“What we tend to do when we put a new facility in is put the required number of signs and regulations in there and then we monitor it for 12-18 months, and if there aren’t any incidents we will rationalise the signs.

“We just need to ensure people can see it quite clearly when they approach.”

There are currently about 12,600 traffic signs around Tauranga City.

After 12 months council review the roundabout as part of the city-wide review of crash sites and decide whether to reduce the number of signs.

Martin says the signs cost between $200-$300, including GST, but they are reused after being taken out of circulation.

“What we do if we remove them is we put them into storage and then use them later, so it’s not wasting resources.”


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