Thursday, 20 September 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Whitianga town centre upgrade in full swing

The Whitianga town centre upgrade is in full swing.

The first section of Albert Street (from Monk Street to Lee Street), including a section of Taylor's Mistake, have been fenced off from vehicle traffic and diggers have already started excavating to remove the existing kerbs and channels.

Work this week and next week also involve moving existing street furniture, excavating a common service trench, along with relocating a power pillar and phone booths.

Dempsey Wood Civil has been employed to do the entire works, which will be completed by December 2018. A container and worksite has been set up on a section of Taylor's Mistake to hold equipment, while the old fire station building on Monk Street is the site office for the duration of the development.

"There is going to be a lot of heavy machinery used," says Andrew Boden, Thames Coromandel District Council's town centre project manager. "Regular construction hours will be from 7:00am - 7:00pm, from Monday to Saturday and on occasions where night work is required, the community will be notified in advance.

"We are holding a weekly construction impact meeting with representatives from the local business association, to talk through the week ahead and iron out any issues. They will then share this around, so businesses and stakeholders know what's happening for the following week"

TCDC will be putting out weekly press releases through their communication channels and in the Mercury Bay Informer.

Shops within the currently fenced area (from Monk Street to Lee Street) are still open to the public. There is still pedestrian access. We are putting up signs to encourage people to walk through and shop.

If customers with accessibility issues are trying to get to the doctor or chemist - park as close to the fences as you can. This gives you a 20m distance to get to either destination.

The fire and ambulance services will be able to get through in an emergency.

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