Work began in February 2021 on a boardwalk adjacent to Tauroa Reserve to improve safety for people cycling and walking in the area, and accessing Te Mata Park.
The road and corner on this stretch of Tauroa Valley Rd has been a safety risk for motorists, walkers and cyclists, and the shared walking and cycling link will provide a practical off-road alternative route.
At 3m wide to accommodate pedestrians and bikers, the boardwalk (comprising sections of concrete and sections of timber) will include handrails and be located between the Chambers carpark on Tauroa Rd at the base of Te Mata Park and Tokomaru Drive.
Council is co-funding this project with help from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, which has been a catalyst for us to deliver projects that have been on our radar for a long time. As the PGF is for shovel-ready projects, work needed to start straight away to unlock this funding. As work progressed, we have come across the challenges of a nationwide shortage in materials.
Contact project lead Darryl van der Merwe on 871 5000 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your patience while the boardwalk is being built. Our contractors have made great progress on the installation of 162 wooden poles, with a combined length of 1252m. These poles are to support the elevated section of the boardwalk.
This project is expected to be finished by Christmas 2021.
*This timeframe is an estimate, and is dependent on weather.
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