Coromandel Town roadworks crew unearths structure 21 November 2019 The crew working to reduce the slope, or camber, of Coromandel Town’s main street has unearthed a brick-lined structure near the intersection of Kapanga, Wharf and Tiki roads outside the Assay House. (Photo: The project archaeologist believes the structure is likely an early industrial well or sump.) While we aren't sure exactly what it is, it likely an early industrial well or sump that was uncovered immediately below the old road. Members of the crew from our contractor for the work, Downer, helped the project archaeologist excavate the structure and the base of it has been preserved in situ under the new road. We have been reducing the camber of the road as previously the steep slope of the road had meant car doors would frequently swing open onto verandah posts or scrape the footpath, and passengers would have difficulty climbing out of vehicles. The project has also involved upgrading the stormwater drainage system on the roads, which has now been completed. Downer project manager Andre Stickling says the project is expected to be completed by about 19 or 20 December. Downer team members and Council staff have been holding weekly meetings for residents and business people to get an update on the project and also to express any views or concerns they have. The next meeting is next Wednesday (27 November) at the Weta Café, 36 Kapanga Road, at 9am. This week's meeting at Coro Café was well attended by 15 members of the public, who were keen to hear more about the project as it nears completion. For more background go to our project webpage. (Photo: This week's stakeholder meeting at Coro Cafe.) Planned water shutdown and temporary wharf fuel outage There will be a water shutdown on 21 November from 9pm-11pm affecting Tiki Rd to the junction of Whangapoua and Strongman roads to the intersection of Wharf and Kapanga roads. Other areas may experience lower water pressure and flow rates during this time. Farmlands Fuel has advised our Council that the fuel facility on Coromandel Wharf is currently temporarily closed. Farmlands Fuel is awaiting a spare part which is hoped will be fitted when the team arrives on Tuesday 26 November to carry out the repairs. Get in tune with Coastal Small Engine Services Every week we are profiling a local business affected by the town centre works. Shane Wilson, the owner of Coastal Small Engine Services for the past four years, sees a lot of long-term benefits from the project, despite having some issues with contractor vehicles sometimes blocking access to his business. “It‘s great to see some money spent in Coromandel Town as Whitianga seems to get most of the upgrades,” he says. “There have been issues with parking and difficulty in getting out of your vehicle with the previous extreme camber on the road, as well as damage to buildings,” Mr Wilson says. ”Any upgrades to the streetscape of Coromandel Town will assist the many tourists that visit our town. I drive for Driving Creek Rail and understand that more than 55,000 people visit there yearly,” he says. Mr Wilson enjoys working with locals and visitors who need the kind of small engine sales, servicing and repair his firm offers - even on weekends and holidays. Mr Wilson’s business has been affected in the short term as contractor machinery has sometimes blocked the access to his property. The Downer project team has met with Mr Wilson to work out his concerns while balancing the crew’s need to access machinery needed for the project.