Why were some options for the Melling intersection discarded?

These options were discarded:

  • At grade improvements. These would not solve safety, efficiency and flooding problems.
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  • Bridge locations south of Queen Street and North of Melling Link. Bridge locations north of Melling are too far from the CBD and do not provide a gateway to Lower Hutt. Bridge locations south of Queens Drive put too much traffic into the city centre and create conflicts with pedestrians, cyclists and buses.

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  • Roundabouts. Although they minimise conflicts for motorised traffic, roundabout options were considered difficult for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate, plus would encroach over the stopbank.
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  • Alternate Tirohanga Road connections. Connecting Tirohanga Road via Pharazyn Street is less intuitive for drivers, people might travel the wrong way down the southbound off-ramp. It also encroaches into the river corridor making it a flood risk.
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  • The diverging diamond. This has never been built in New Zealand and raised safety concerns, as drivers could find it confusing being on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. Also, there is not enough space to build it.
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