Boundary Rd – Fifth Ave traffic predictions

Hamilton’s long-term plans have included funding for changes to Hamilton’s Cross City Connector, but, safety improvements are needed sooner. The first of these is planned for the Heaphy Tce/Boundary Rd roundabout in February 2021.  More safety improvements are needed along its length. What is not needed for the foreseeable future is land purchases to widen the road for more motor vehicle lanes. The MAUNSELL | AECOM assessment reports the following:

On Boundary Road, ‘parking could be prohibited … in favour of cyclists and to reduce potential hindrance to traffic … four lanes could be accommodated by widening the carriages to 16m in place of the grass verges … The current predictions are that such treatments would not be necessary for about 40 years’.

Preliminary Engineering Assessment East Hamilton Arterial (E1) [Wiarere Drive] Maunsell Ltd (AECOM) July 2005

Fifth Avenue ‘will be able to cater satisfactorily for all road users until at least 2046’

Preliminary Engineering Assessment East Hamilton Arterial (E1) [Wiarere Drive] Maunsell Ltd (AECOM) July 2005

In 2013, as part of the Ruakura Board of Inquiry, Opus modelled traffic flow predictions for 2041. The predicted traffic flow for Boundary road is lower than the 2046 prediction of 22,500 vpd, as predicted by MAUNSELL | AECOM.

Waikato Expressway Hamilton Section Notice of Requirement to Alter the Designation Nov 2013. page 196

In 2013 NZTA also published 2041 traffic flow predictions which included the built southern links. They predicted this would add an additional 700 vehicles per day (vpd) on Boundary road.

Fifteen years ago, the MAUNSELL | AECOM report told our city leaders to improve traffic flow through Boundary Rd and Fifth Avenue, recommending that ‘parking could be prohibited … in favour of cyclists and to reduce potential hindrance to traffic,’ and that there needed to be ‘better crossing facilities for pedestrians.’ The need to follow this advice has not changed.

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