2 October 2007
The 'make over' of Heaphy Terrace shopping area has begun and will bring many improvements, primarily safety of pedestrians and cyclists and visually enhance the area.
The contractor, Tanlaw Corporation Ltd, has commenced work at the corner of Heaphy Terrace and Howden Road. They have excavated parts of the footpath to prepare the area for new kerb and channel, indented parking, paved areas, and landscaping. The central pedestrian island near the New World has been temporarily removed to provide more working space for the contractor and will be replaced near the end of November slightly closer to the Angel Cafe and Chemist. The contractor is planning to complete work at this corner before moving to the section between Marshall Street and Oxford Street.
Environmental enhancement at the Heaphy Terrace shops has been discussed for many years, and was included as part of Access Hamilton funded projects during approval of the Long-Term Plan 2006–16, following citywide consultation that finished in May 2006. Issues highlighted were the amount and impact of illegal on-street parking, the lack of visibility for pedestrians using the crossing and the lack of facilities for cyclists. Further close consultation with the shops over this time has resulted in a maximisation of marked on-street parking, with only five spaces being lost from a current total in the area of over 60 (in addition to unmarked on-street parking and the two large off-street parking areas at Vege-King and New World).
Design engineer Geoff Cable says close to 10,000 vehicles travel along Heaphy Terrace past the shops daily – it is an arterial road in the city. The improvements will extend the kerbs at intersections and where new pedestrian islands are being installed – this reduces the distance pedestrians have to cross this arterial road thereby making it safer for pedestrians. New marked parking will include four disabled parking bays and two 5-minute bays for quick drop in parking.
Improvements to the shopping area between Winter Street and Alfred Street include:
Decorative paved footpaths at the entrances to the shopping area
Street trees and landscaping changes
New bench seating, rubbish bins, and cycle parking
New central refuge islands for pedestrians
Introduction of cycle lane markings
Replacement of kerb and channel from Alfred Street to Winter Street
Resurfacing of footpaths with asphalt.
"Traffic flow will not be affected – carriageway widths remain at or in excess of national standards, and the introduction of cycle lanes provides a dedicated space for this vulnerable road user group. Also, during construction, careful attention is being paid to peak-hour traffic queuing from the Boundary Road junction.
"Work is progressing to plan at this stage and we are hoping for some fine weather to allow work to speed up."
The improvements are expected to be completed by early December well before the V8 Supercars street race in April 2008. With Claudelands Park hosting 900 plus people in campervans the shopping centre will be well placed to be an attractive place to shop.
During this project Council will be working closely with businesses and the contractor to minimise disruption.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Geoff Cable
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6426
Mobile: 021 791 914
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761