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. "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 current intersection coming into Coromandel Town off Tiki Road, onto Kapanga and Wharf Road, 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 of the road and kerb line where vehicles park. Roading improvements will see the roading 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 will change 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 will be moved to opposite Samuel James Reserve. The stormwater infrastructure along the main street will also be upgraded at the same time. It's estimated that all the works will take approximately three-and-a-half months to complete. (Map of the works) Works to date; "We have been receiving positive feedback from our stakeholders about the progress being made on site," says Steve Bremner our Council's Project Manager. “And with five weeks into the project we are on target to meet the early December completion date." Our contractors, Downer, are continuing work on the stormwater drainage from the corner of Tiki Road and Wharf Road heading north. Downer has started installing the stormwater pipe on the opposite side of the Four Square supermarket. Downer will continue to install the stormwater pipe from Tiki Road to Woollams Avenue. Our next weekly stakeholder meeting will be at the Umu Cafe 9am on Wednesday 16 October. You can also email Matt.Kofoed@infrastructurealliance.co.nz or phone: 0275409752 with any queries. You can also talk to our Council's Community Manager for Coromandel Town, Margaret Harrison - email@example.com or 07 868 0200. 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.