Friday, 26 April 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Stage 2 of Whitianga town centre upgrade to begin

The second stage of the Whitianga town centre upgrade project is about to get underway.

This week will see Dempsey Wood, the contractor, establishing a compound in Taylor’s Mistake and some traffic management arrangements being put in place.

On Monday next week (8 April), work on a waterplay feature area in the vicinity of the Whitianga Boat Ramp on The Esplanade will start. Care will be taken not to impede any of the features of the existing playground until after the upcoming school holidays.

On Tuesday, topsoil will start to be removed from Taylors Mistake in order to allow construction of a footpath from the Whitianga Town Plaza.

From Monday 29 April, after the school holidays, the playground on The Esplanade will be removed and new play equipment and surfacing will be constructed through May and June.

Road upgrading and the construction of new footpaths from The Esplanade to Taylors Mistake will also start after 29 April. This work will nvolve removing and replacing existing kerbing and stormwater changes. The work will be completed in phases and Thames-Coromandel District Council is making frequent and effective communication with affected business owners a priority.

On the eastern side of The Esplanade, a new 2.5m wide footpath path will be constructed from the Whitianga Wharf, past the playground to Taylors Mistake. The footpath will continue through Taylor’s Mistake to Albert Street.

On the other side of The Esplanade, a 3m-wide footpath will be constructed from the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club to Monk Street.

Access to The Esplanade, all businesses in the area (including the Game Fishing Club and the Mercury Bay Museum), the Whitianga Wharf and the Whitianga Boat Ramp will be maintained at all times and disruptions will be kept to a minimum.

New street lights will be installed towards the end of May and planting and landscaping will be completed towards the end of June.

A pedestrian crossing is proposed near the public toilets on The Esplanade, to cross in front of Mercury Bay Museum. This location was chosen to avoid any obstruction of boat trailers using the Whitianga boat ramp.

“The pedestrian crossing will create a direct route for pedestrians when coming from the ferry to the Whitianga town centre and the businesses on The Esplanade,” says TCDC project manager, Andrew Boden. “It will provide a safe crossing for the visually impaired, has the least impact to parking and is far enough away from the corner to allow sufficient sight lines.”

The crossing will feature a pedestrian refuge in the centre of the road. This will allow pedestrians to cross the road safely, by dealing with one direction of traffic flow at a time.

“We’ll be trialling the pedestrian refuge over the next few weeks to make sure large boats and trailers and delivery trucks can still maintain unimpeded access to the Game Fishing Club and the boat ramp,” says Mr Boden.

You can have your say on whether you think the pedestrian refuge is working, by dropping into the TCDC office in Monk Street, Whitianga, by sending an email to the customer services team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Feedback - New pedestrian crossing stage two Whitianga Town centre upgrade” or by calling (07) 868 0200.

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