Our contractor, Downer, have been working hard on the final touches of the Coromandel main road to complete everything for the Easter holidays. They have now prepared all of the areas where they are working. They have removed the temporary material from the garden beds and poured in the top soil and have boxed up kerb areas where the concrete will be poured. They have started installing the threshold crossing at the northern end of Town, along with road cobble stones, opposite the Hauraki House Reserve. The Road signage will also be installed at the pedestrian crossing outside Samuel James Reserve along with the streetlight being relocated. What’s the focus for next week? Next week the roundabout construction will begin. "Our contractor, Downer, are confident that the roundabout will take approximately three days to complete with good weather. The plants surrounding the roundabout will not be planted if the total watering ban is still in place," says Steve Bremner our Council's Project Manager. Weekly stakeholder meetings have been resurrected until the works have been completed. The meetings are an opportunity to signpost what’s coming up in the following week and to iron out any issues. The next meeting will be at Wharf Road Cafe, 24 Wharf Road Coromandel Town at 8:30am, Wednesday 25 March. For more information on the project, contact our Coromandel Town Community Manager, email@example.com or phone 07 868 0200. More information on the upgrade: The upgrade will improve traffic flow through the intersection of Tiki Rd, Kapanga Rd, and Wharf Rd. "We're thrilled to see these improvements happening in the Town's main thoroughfare for traffic heading further north to Colville and beyond," says Steve Bremner our Council's Project Manager. The old intersection coming into Coromandel Town off Tiki Road, onto Kapanga and Wharf roads, was identified in the Town Centre Guidelines document as needing improvement, especially with congestion in the peak visitor season and there's been a significant amount of damage to the buildings in the town centre because of the street camber (also knows as cross-fall, or slope) of the road and kerb line where vehicles park. Roading improvements will see the camber along Kapanga Road from Charles Street through to the Karaka Stream bridge by the Hauraki Reserve reduced in most areas from an existing cross-fall of approximately 10 percent to approximately 3 percent, to prevent ongoing damage to building verandas and making it easier for vehicles to park and to enter and exit the road. The current T-intersection at Tiki and Kapanga Roads has changed to a small mountable roundabout, which will allow larger vehicles to drive over it and be of a "cobblestone" type construction. The Kapanga Road pedestrian crossing has been moved to opposite Samuel James Reserve. The stormwater infrastructure along the main street has also be upgraded at the same time. (Map of the works) 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.