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 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," says Mr Tiplady. 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) What's next? Construction will be staged. It is envisaged it will be: 1. From Tiki Road to Woollams Avenue.2. From Tiki Road to Charles Street.3. From Woollams Avenue to the Karaka Stream bridge For more information contact email@example.com. 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.