Ngatea’s main street renewal project is trucking along, and a brand new footpath is on the horizon too.
What do you think of the proposed footpath design?
Mayor Toby Adams says the council has come up with a proposed design for the new footpath based on feedback received so far, and wants to know what the community thinks.
“We heard that the community would prefer a practical footpath design using simple, robust and local materials, so that’s what we’ve done. Now we want to know if we’re on the right path. Does practical still make perfect, or do we just need something else?” he said.
“In Waihi, for example, we added quartz paving around the edges of the main street footpaths for a mining touch.”
You can view the proposed design online or in our Ngatea Service Centre
The proposed footpath designs and plans are available to view on the Hauraki District Council website, and at the Ngatea Council office. There will also be an opportunity to see them at the Ngatea Lions Club Family Fun Day at Hauraki Plains College on 1 March. You can vote for your preferred option or submit your own design!
Feedback closes 6 March 2020
Hauraki District Councillors will also be available at the Ngatea Council office to chat about the project at the following times:
Tuesday 25 February: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday 3 March: 10am to 11am
Wednesday 4 March: 2pm to 3pm
Footpath work expected to start mid May
NZ Transport Agency is currently renewing the main highway through Ngatea, while the Council is upgrading the kerb and channel. It’s important the two projects are done at the same time to save time and ratepayer money. It’s expected this part of the work will be completed about mid-May.
“Once the diggers stop rumbling and traffic is flowing both ways again, the footpath will be replaced in 100m sections over a period of about 20 weeks,” the Mayor said.
“Luckily, this part of the project will be much less disruptive to businesses and the community than the current road renewal work.”
Detour still in place for motorists travelling from Auckland to Bay of Plenty
Following a full road closure to complete the first stage of the project, the highway is now open to one-way traffic travelling from Bay of Plenty to Auckland. Motorists travelling from Auckland to Bay of Plenty continue to be detoured between the SH2/25 roundabout and the SH2/Hauraki Road intersection. However, Auckland travellers can still reach Ngatea via State Highway 25 and Pipiroa Road.
Slow down and enjoy the village
“You may be wondering if the shops are still open in Ngatea with all the riff-raff and road works going on – but yes, Ngatea is very much open for business,” the Mayor said.
“If you’re travelling through, slow down and enjoy our village. If you’re local, come down and show your support too. There’s no need to go out of town. Spend your dollars here. You name it, Ngatea’s got it.”