It’s exciting times for our local road network. The Government’s Provincial Growth Fund investments in the region, combined with excellent weather throughout May and most of June has meant that an incredible amount of progress has been made on improving the state of our local roads.
Major phase of Rakaiatane Road upgrade almost complete
A major phase of the upgrade to Rakaiatane Road, the main access to Eastland Port, is almost complete. Council contractors have been working day and night to remove the road surface of the two kilometre stretch of road from Hirini Street to Kaiti Beach, and replace it with a stronger, longer lasting asphalt concrete.
The $4.5 million project is fully-funded by the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, and is a key component of the $137 million Tairāwhiti roading package, allocated to improve the resilience of our local roads.
Council capital manager Darren Cox has coordinated the complex project, and ensured minimal disruption to Eastland Port and residents of Kaiti Beach.
“I’m proud to have been part of this project, a key initiative to ensure our region’s growth well into the future.
An 3,500 tonnes of asphalt concrete have been laid in these two weeks, with the road surface removed during the night and replaced during the day.
Works to prepare the road for the upgrade started in 2018, which involved Substantial upgrades to storm and waste water management systems to improve the quality of the water entering the inner harbour.
Two raised courtesy crossings will be installed and footpaths have been improved in the area, an important connection to Titirangi Kaiti Hill and Puhi-Kai-Iti- Cook’s Landing Site.
The final part of the project will take place later in the year, and involves the development of the Kopuawhakapata stream culvert on Hirini Street.
Heavy metal programme kicks off
Council’s heavy metal programme to improve resilience on our rural roads has been super-charged by the Provincial Growth Fund. An extra $3.3 million has been allocated over the next three years for placing heavy metal on our rural unsealed roads.
This funding is additional to the annual programme and will allow Council to make significant progress on improving the state of our rural roads. The normal annual programme averages 8 to 10,000 tonnes of heavy metal. This amount will increase to over 20,000 tonnes this year.
The super-charged programme will continue until October.
CBD upgrade nearing completion
The last time the surface on Gladstone Road was replaced was in 1999. Our CBDis looking fantastic following the upgrade, and feedback from local shop owners and customers has been extremely positive.
This year, Council has replaced over 25,000 metres of asphalt concrete in high traffic urban areas of the city.
The Provincial Growth Fund has enabled this work, providing more than $2 million to improve the quality and resilience of our city’s roads.
The final component of the upgrade is the intersection of Gladstone Road and Peel Street. This work is planned for Tuesday 2 July, weather permitting. The work will take one full day and contractors will work from 6am and 8pm.
Waimata Valley Road sealing
Enabled by the Provincial Growth Fund, a two kilometre stretch of road on Waimata Valley Road has been sealed, making the road safer and more resilient for all road users.
Every winter the unsealed part of road would suffer washouts and would require significant maintenance. In summer, dust would mean poor visibility and hazardous conditions.
Tokomaru Bay seawall almost complete
Work is almost complete on repairing the seawall in Tokomaru Bay. The four month project has involved repairing many parts of the road which have fallen away due to rising tides. Repairs have involved replacing large amounts of earth which the sea has taken away, and placing large boulders along the sea wall to reduce the impact of the tides.