The Coromandel-Colville Community Board has been talking to local businesses and residents about design plans to improve Kapanga Rd, the main retail street in Coromandel Town, and improve the intersection of Tiki Rd, Kapanga Rd and Wharf Rd. Designs for the upgrade, including the intersection design, have now been approved by the Board. The key focus is to reduce the excessive ‘cross fall’ or slope on the main street road, which has made access difficult for cars and has potential for vehicle damage to shop verandas. The upgrade will also improve traffic flow through the intersection of Tiki Rd, Kapanga Rd, and Wharf Rd. Plans also include moving the pedestrian crossing at Kapanga Rd to a more appropriate location, which is still being investigated. Coromandel-Colville Community Board Chairman Peter Pritchard welcomes the upgrade. "We're thrilled to see these improvements happening in the Town's main thoroughfare for traffic heading further north to Colville and beyond," Peter says. The Project manager has advised a heritage assessment is required as there are some earthen stormwater pipes under the road that have a heritage value.This will take a couple of months, so the project will have to be pushed back. A new start date is proposed in spring". Our Council is also working on upcoming infrastructure upgrades to stormwater and the local water supply at the same time. The timing and extent of any road closures will not be known until a contractor is appointed. Stay up-to-date on developments here. Coromandel Town Centre main street improvements delayed The Coromandel Town Centre main street improvements will now start later in the year. This project scope includes removal and replacement of the road pavement and surfacings, installation of a roundabout on the Tiki/Kapanga/Wharf road intersection, relocation of the existing pedestrian crossing to a location adjacent to Samuel James Reserve, installation of threshold treatment on Kapanga Road and upgrading of the storm water system. However, when the pavement and storm water investigations for the project were being carried out last month, a possible historic brick-lined storm water line was discovered. This storm water line could be of historic significance and our Council has now had to apply for an Archaeological Authority, prior to work starting on the site. To find out more about what an Archaeological Authority is click here. "The delay means that earthworks wouldn't be completed before the onset of winter (wet weather)" says Allan Tiplady, our Area Manager North. Once the Archaeological Authority process is completed, the construction period will take approximately three months. A detailed works programme will be developed so that everyone is fully informed before the work gets underway. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact our Community Manager, Margaret Harrison, at the Council’s Coromandel Town office – 866 1002 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pottery Lane extension Separate to the Coromandel Town Centre Upgrade, Pottery Lane will be extended to reduce commercial traffic on Kapanga Road, which is expected to reduce congestion around the town centre. This is one of the major decisions our elected members made after consultation in the 2018-2018 Long Term Plan, and will cost $2.2 million.