15th Ave upgrade works delayed
Tauranga City Council has decided to push the pause button on the construction of Stage 1 works on 15th Avenue.
The works were initially scheduled to start this Monday 22 July.
The delay provides more time to review the existing safety and function assessments, says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson.
"Additionally it allows Council to ensure there is sufficient alignment with the over-arching strategy of the Urban Form and Transport Initiative.
"This initiative, which is similar to Get Wellington Moving, will develop a strategic way forward for the sub-region, with immediate and future priorities and investment opportunities in urban form, transport and other connected areas.
"The delay recognises and is consistent with the recommendations made for this project in the Hannah-Smith report presented to Council."
Council expects to complete this review within the next two weeks, with the results reported to Council in early August. At that time, a decision to proceed with Stage 1 or otherwise will be made.
“15th Ave is the main link between the city and Welcome Bay, Maungatapu, Hairini, and Ohauiti,” says acting manager of transportation at Tauranga City Council, Phil Consedine.
“Morning and evening peak times are busy on this road with the side roads and intersections causing the biggest disruption to travel times.
“With the Stage 1 works, we aim to reduce travel time in the evening peak by adding a new traffic lane between Fraser Street and Mayfair Street," says Phil.
"Additionally, the works will result in a safer path for people on foot and bikes to get along the 15th Ave network."