East Street Cycle Link And Safety Improvements Proposed

Creating a safe environment for people travelling around
the City Rail Link (CRL) Karangahape Station construction
zone is behind a proposed East Street cycleway link and
safety improvements on the surrounding

Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing a range
of tactical changes including a cycleway link between Te Ara
I Whiti – Lightpath and Karangahape Road, via East

AT Programme Manager, Ian Howell says “With
the number of heavy trucks entering the CRL worksite
continuing to increase, we want to ensure that people
walking, riding bikes, or driving through this area are safe
and protected,” he says.

The proposal includes
turning East Street into a one way for vehicles northbound
between Canada and Galatos Streets and installing a two-way
protected cycleway.

Speed tables will be also
installed to create a slower-speed environment for all road
users. To assist with wayfinding, the colour scheme for the
cycleway and slow speed areas will match that of Te Ara I
Whiti – Lightpath and the Karangahape Road Enhancements,
with their distinctive magenta colouring.

The proposal
affects South Street, East Street, West Terrace and Galatos
Street and will remain in place until the Karangahape
Station is completed in 2024.

Mr Howell says these
initiatives will not only encourage safer speeds but will
also provide a more predictable and clearer road layout
making it easier for people to get around.

“There is
a lot going on in this area right now with the CRL works and
the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. We are expecting
many more people on bikes to be using Karangahape Rd when
the new cycleway is completed. The East Street Link will
provide a safe way of connecting to Te Ara I Whiti –

Waitematā Local Board member Graeme

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Middle East wildfires kill 3, force thousands to flee homes

BEIRUT >> Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed three people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border, state media and officials said today.

The areas hit by the heatwave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The fires come amid an intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year.

Wildfires spread across different areas of Israel and the West Bank for a second day Saturday, forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Israeli Police said in a statement firefighters and police forces evacuated 5,000 residents from the city of Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.

One of the hardest hit countries is war-torn Syria where fires have killed three people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. The wildfires also burnt wide areas of forests, mostly in the central province of Homs and the coastal province of Latakia.

With fire fighters overwhelmed, some residents helped them using primitive methods such as carrying water in buckets and pouring them on the fire.

On Saturday, special rain prayers were held in mosques around different parts of Syria imploring God to send rain to ease drought and stop the fires.

Director of the Forestry Department in Latakia Agricultural Department, Bassem Douba, was quoted as saying by state news agency, SANA, that the number of fires reached 85 in different sites.

Also in Latakia province, fires in President Bashar Assad’s hometown of Qardaha heavily damaged a building used as a storage for the state-owned tobacco company, part of which collapsed.

In Lebanon, firefighters backed by army helicopters fought fires in the country’s north, center and south. A big fire in the southern village of Bater burnt hundreds of pine

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Pedestrian, bicyclist safety improvements on tap for East Palm Canyon


2019 had the second-highest number of pedestrian fatalities in a decade. The worst year was 2016, when 29 people died.


Safety improvements, including a new sidewalk, are on tap for a stretch of East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Work is ongoing in the stretch between South Palm Canyon Drive and Sunrise Way. The $1.9 million project is expected to benefit pedestrians and bicyclists in the area.

The sidewalk is being installed along the eastbound lanes, west of Sunrise.

Other improvements include new crosswalks at various intersections and new street lights at the curve where South Palm Canyon meets East Palm Canyon, Assistant City Manager Marcus Fuller said.

The sidewalk portion in particular has caught the attention of local residents. It’s being built across a dirt lot that’s existed for years and disrupted joggers in particular.

“There’s sort of a dirt path on a small stretch and it makes running less smooth,” Palm Springs resident Alexis Linehan, 48, said as she jogged Thursday morning, briefly stopping because she was unsure she could go on the project site. “It’s an odd gap and really stands out. Everywhere else there’s pavement.”

The new crosswalks will be installed along East Palm Canyon at Sonora Road, Avenida Palmera, Calle Palo Fierro, Deep Well Road and Sagebrush Road. They will include flashing beacons to alert motorists pedestrians are trying to cross the street.

Completion is expected by mid-December.

Construction is the result of a valleywide effort to improve safety after an increase in pedestrian fatalities across the desert.

In 2016, 29 pedestrians died after being hit by vehicles across the Coachella Valley. It was the region’s highest number of pedestrian fatalities during a calendar year over the past decade.

The Coachella Valley Association of Governments announced, in response, it would issue grants

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Family snaps up stunning East Geelong renovation without inspection

A young family from Melbourne has paid close to a suburb record price for a renovated East Geelong house without making a physical inspection.

The four-bedroom house at 15 Anderson Street sold for $1.32 million after the buyers made the bold play for the extended california bungalow early in the auction campaign.

Buxton, East Geelong agent Carl McCann said the strong early offer attracted competition from other hopeful purchasers, pushing the sale price $45,000 above the top of the quoted range.

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The competition moved the selling agents to skip the October 17 auction and wrap up the sale early.

“They’re a young family coming out of Melbourne. They’ve bought it without seeing it,” Mr McCann said.

“But they were pretty confident with the video that we provided them and I also did a walk-through with the phone in hand talking through it, answered all their questions and they were comfortable enough to move forward.

“I think with the 360-degree videos that we can provide these days, it’s a lot easier to do a walk-through virtually.

“And they focused on a few things with the phone in hand and away they went.”

Mr McCann said the renovation and extension was finished in 2015, delivering a picture-perfect home featuring a custom kitchen packed with quality features and a spacious family living room that spills out to an entertainment area.

The complete renovation also updated the original portion of the house, adding features like hydronic heating, double-glazed windows, evaporative airconditioning and Velux skylights.

“It was a beautiful home. I think it’s a quality area as well and a lot of people are lining up waiting to get in,” Mr McCann said.


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Much needed improvements coming to Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Improvements are finally coming to one of the most dangerous intersections in Horry County.

the inside of a building: SCDOT is working on improvements to one of the most dangerous intersections in the county.

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SCDOT is working on improvements to one of the most dangerous intersections in the county.

Between backed up traffic down Highway 501, to last-minute lane changes before a confusing intersection, Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road in Conway can be an everyday headache for Horry County drivers.

But it’s not just a headache. It can be deadly.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said in 2017, 2018, and 2019, throughout each year, there were over 100 accidents at the intersection. In 2019, a person was killed.

But the DOT said upgrades are coming.

“So anytime we look at improving intersections we look at a lot of these same type of corrective measures. As far as offsetting left-turn lanes, adding additional turn lanes,” Project Manager Stacey Johnson said.

He added there are multiple measures the department looks at when it comes to how to make this intersection safer.

“So the left turn lane, we offset it. One, it improves sight distance, so it allows anyone taking that left, to better see the oncoming traffic. And two, it allows for a shorter crossover distance to get onto West Cox Ferry,” he said.

DOT is also adding improved signs, reminding drivers not to turn right on red and to wait for the green arrow to turn left.

Just recently crews switched out the traffic lights at the intersection as part of the project.

And as part of the Ride III project, Highway 501 northbound and southbound from Gardner Lacy to Highway 544 will be expanded to three lanes rather than just two.

But Johnson said while there’s still a long road ahead, drivers should look

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