Ngatea main street upgrade work continues over the weekend
After a busy first week of mostly blue skies, the Ngatea main street upgrade project is on track and progressing well. Over the weekend they’ll be busy trucking in roading aggregate to construct a new basecourse layer on Sunday and Monday.
Work will also be taking place through the night from 19 to 21 January and will create some noise for nearby residents.
State Highway 2 at Ngatea’s CBD is closed from the Piako River Bridge to just past Dent Street until 3pm Friday 24 January but the town is still very much open for business.
NZ Transport Agency says motorists can expect some delays and will need to allow extra time for the detour. For updates on the status of the road go to NZ Transport Agency
Streets ahead in Ngatea
Two separate projects to upgrade the Ngatea main street will get rolling early this year.
- NZ Transport Agency is renewing the main highway, repairing the carparks, and surfacing with asphalt from kerb to kerb.
- We’re upgrading the kerb and channel as well as replacing the footpaths.
The bulk of the construction work, which includes the highway renewal and kerb and channel, started on 14 January and is expected to continue for about 16 weeks. The footpath will be replaced in sections over a period of about 20 weeks.
Work has begun at the Piako River Bridge end of the street. State Highway 2 will be closed for two weeks from the Piako River Bridge to the first pedestrian crossing near Dent Street. This is necessary for safety reasons as this section of road is too narrow to be able to do the work and leave a lane open. Detours will be in place as needed throughout the project. More detail on the project and planned detour routes is available in the documents and e-newsletters below. For updates on the status of the road go to NZ Transport Agency
Where we are heading
There are many practical things that have to be done before we can turn our thoughts to nice-to-have things like gardens, seating and lighting. We’ve had to be practical about our available budget and time constraints due to fitting in with the work NZ Transport Agency is doing to renew the road. It’s important we fit in alongside NZTA to minimise not only disruption, but also the cost to our ratepayers. Once we’ve got the basics right, we’ll look at options for more street-scape work and how it can be funded further down the track.
Read the documents | Pānui ngā tuhinga
- E-newsletters: 11 November | 10 December | 13 January | 16 January
- Project newsletter #1 – 7 Nov 2019 (PDF, 246KB)
- Project newsletter #2 – 12 Dec 2019 (PDF, 206KB)
- Project newsletter #3 – 13 Jan 2020 (PDF, 468KB)
- Ngatea Town Centre Upgrade Plans – WSP|Opus: Pages 1-14 (PDF, 6MB) | pages 15-31 (PDF, 4MB)
- Frequently asked questions – 8 Jan 2020 (PDF, 243KB)
- Ngatea detour map (PDF, 225KB)
- Alternative parking map during closure (PDF, 352KB)