The SH51/Waipatu Marae Safety Improvement Project has its origins in the Waipatu community's request to have a safer and drier footpath for its school children to use in front of their community (as identified in the Waipatu Community Plan 2016-2021).
The SH51/Waipatu Marae Safety Improvement Project project will:
The sections of road on either side of the main section from Elwood Road to St. Georges Road has been added to the original request extending the total project length from Collinge Road to Ruahapia Road.
The footpath between Collinge Road and St. Georges Road will be improved to a shared path of 2.25m width. Between Elwood Road and St. Georges Road the footpath will be placed adjacent to a new kerbline. In the section from Collinge Road to Elwood Road the separation between the road pavement and footpath is achieved by a berm. The section from St. Georges Road to Ruahapia Road will not have a footpath but will have a shoulder and cycle lane. The seal widening in this section will facilitate future speed management works and a flush median, enabling safer turning and vehicle separation. For all sections, the footpaths will be provided for the southern side of SH51 only.
The total project construction duration is conservatively placed at 20 weeks, with work scheduled to commence from 15 June 2020. This work will begin with a 5 week programme undertaken by Unison and Chorus to underground overhead cables between Elwood Road and St Georges Road (ahead of the footpath construction).
Note: This is an indicative timeline which may be subject to change.
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