Wharf Street project progressing

Wharf Street is closed to traffic, but open to pedestrians.

Tauranga City Council says the Wharf Street project in the city centre is progressing.

"Construction is in progress on Wharf Street between Willow Street and The Strand," a statement released from council says.

" The street is closed to all vehicle traffic for the duration of the project.

"The works are expected to be finished by end of 2020."

The street will remain open to pedestrians only (cyclists are advised to use an alternative route during this time).

Businesses will be fully accessible/operational during construction, says Tauranga Council

Find out more about this project on the council website.

Meanwhile, works are taking place on 1st Ave to upgrade water and wastewater pipes.

"The street will remain open to pedestrians and vehicle traffic and works are expected to be finished by Christmas.

"Businesses will be accessible during the works."

Beyond the city centre

  •   •  Panorama Drive: installation of a new water main continues down Kaitemako Road with installation underway on Panorama Drive. Speed reduction from 70km/hr to 30km/hr with traffic management in place. Works are expected to be completed by March 2021

  •   •  Oropi Road/Pukemapu Road Safety Improvements: road safety improvements continue at the Oropi Road/Pukemapu Road intersection. The construction of a new roundabout, traffic islands, footpaths, signage and road markings are due for completion in March 2021. Please drive carefully through the site and keep to the temporary speed limit. 

  •   •  Palm Beach Boulevard/Gravatt Road Pavement Rehabilitation: pavement reconstruction works are due to commence on the Palm Beach Boulevard/Gravatt Road roundabout this week. Works are due to be completed prior to Christmas 2020. Temporary road closures will be in place. Please drive carefully through the site and keep to the temporary speed limit.

  •   •  Te Puke Highway and Welcome Bay Road: to ensure quality and longevity, throughout November there will be work adding a second coat of seal on sections of Te Puke Highway and Welcome Bay Road. Speed restrictions will in place for a few days while the sealing takes place, but both lanes will still be open.

  •   •  Domain Road: work continues at Domain Road south of Doncaster Drive with road pavement reconstruction in the vicinity of The Gardens Drive. Works are programmed for completion by 18 December. Temporary traffic management and a speed restriction of 30kph will be in place. Motorists should expect delays.

  •   •  Ohauiti Road: installation of a new water main on Ohauiti Road between Atkins Way and Marire Drive continues. Both lanes will remain open with a speed restriction of 50km/hr. Work is expected to be complete by mid-December.

  •   •  Kaitemako Road: installation of a new water main is underway. A speed reduction from 100km/hr to 30km/hr will be in place with traffic management. Work is expected to be completed by December 2020.

  •   •  Waitaha Road South: installation of a new water main is taking place on Waitaha Road South. A speed reduction to 30km/hr with priority give way or stop/go will be introduced. Work is expected to be completed by mid-December, weather permitting.

  •   •  Turret Road erosion repairs: the Turret Road coast line is eroding. The road shoulder by the pōhutukawa trees will be closed off while the work takes place. There won’t be any impact on traffic. The repairs can only be done at low tide. An arborist will be on site to supervise pruning where it is needed. It will take until the end of the year to complete.

  •   •  Welcome Bay Road: construction of a pipeline for the Waiāri Water Supply Scheme, connecting the Eastern Reservoir on Welcome Bay Road is in progress. Stop/Go traffic signals on Welcome Bay Road will be operational 24 hours, seven days a week, and apply to a 500m section that will move with progress of work.  Drivers should anticipate delays. Work on Welcome Bay Road is due for completion early December.

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Two questions !!

Posted on 06-12-2020 20:11 | By The Caveman

1. How far behind the "timeline"is this TOTAL WASTE OF RATEPAYER MONEY ? 2. How much is this little project OVER BUDGET ALREADY ?? (And what is the now projected cost of the "upgrade" of 200 meters of ONE street in Tauranga ??) And Councillor Kelvin Clout has the gaul to ask why a Commissioner should be appointed !!!

Jut add it to the list

Posted on 06-12-2020 12:52 | By Happyday

of Council Stuff-ups. Just one of the things they are good at, stuffing up.


Posted on 05-12-2020 15:53 | By nerak

railroading by staff to councillors, this sort of nonsense has to stop.

Wharf Street...

Posted on 05-12-2020 13:16 | By morepork still the same shambles that it has been for months. I was there again for dinner on Wednesday and it is saddening to see it. The businesses are long-suffering and carrying an unfair burden. As if Covid wasn’t bad enough... There has to be disruption in order to progress, but does it really have to take so long? Maybe a higher priority and commit more resources? Yes, it would cost more, but it would be for less time and this is arguably the heart of our city. I’d be interested to know how long this was SUPPOSED to take when they started it...


Posted on 05-12-2020 13:07 | By Equality

What a hell of a waste of money - when we are over our heads in debt! The stupidity of it is gut wrenching!