A nice new footpath is on the way for shoppers in Ngatea town centre.
Work starts 5 October
Work to upgrade the footpath on both sides of State Highway 2 from Pipiroa Road to Kaihere Road is due to start on Monday 5 October and should be finished within ten weeks, depending on the weather. The town’s vehicle crossings will get an overhaul at the same time.
Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams says the Ngatea business community has had a really tough time with roadworks this year, followed by Covid 19, and the Council is doing everything it can to minimise disruption during this work as much as possible.
“We’re committed to minimising disruption and maintaining access to businesses during these upgrade works. Our contractor will be visiting business owners individually to form a plan that works for them,” he said.
“Some examples of the kind of things they can do include pouring concrete in the late afternoon/evening outside of peak business hours and placing protection over it during the day to allow customer access.”
The footpath design and materials reflect community feedback received earlier this year, and uses simple robust and local materials with coloured inlays in selected areas.
“We’ve had to be practical about our available budget but, once we’ve got the basics right, we’ll look at options for more streetscape work, and how it can be funded, further down the track,” the Mayor said.
Plains Ward Chair Ross Harris also acknowledges the upheaval Ngatea businesses, their workers and their whanau, have experienced this year.
“You’ve been hit with a double whammy that no one could have predicted. We appreciate that many of you are really hurting and we appreciate your patience so far,” he said.
“To make it easier for you to stay in touch, we’ve set up a specific email address for this project. We’re also sending out weekly email updates, so if you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for those. Ultimately, we all want the same thing, which is an attractive and vibrant town centre, so the main thing is that we keep working towards that goal together.”
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