Business as usual during pavement widening construction

An artist's impression of Mission Bay's Tamaki Drive pavement extension following completion in mid-December.

An artist's impression of Mission Bay's Tamaki Drive pavement extension following completion in mid-December.

A section of Mission Bay's pavement is being widened, but construction will not interrupt retail activity.

Top priority is being given to ensuring restaurants, cafes and businesses can remain open during upcoming construction works to widen and upgrade the popular seaside centre's main street walkway.

The project commences September 19 and will be complete in mid-December in time for the busy summer season and the expected influx of tourists for World Masters Games and Lions Tour in 2017.

"Restaurants, cafes and businesses will remain open during the construction period, with the only difference being that people won't be able to dine outdoors during this time," Urban Partners' marketing director and Mission Bay Business Association member Megan Burgess says.

"To fast-track the project, some work will be undertaken at night".

Every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience for local businesses and residents, she says.

"Entrances to restaurants and shops will be clearly identified with a marked and protected route to provide safe and easy access," she says.

The revamped pavement will run from the corner of Patteson Ave, to Barfoot and Thompson's office on Tamaki Drive.

The pavement will be widened to approximately 6.5 metres with sandy coloured pavers to complement the area's beach landscape.

"The extension will provide larger, more attractive areas for outdoor dining and space for pedestrians to easily move about," Burgess says.

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"The end result will be a very attractive streetscape that will draw in people to dine with a view of Rangitoto."

On-street parking within and around the construction area will be removed at the commencement of the project.

At busy times of the day, there will be no left turn from Tamaki Drive into Patteson Ave. A detour route will be signposted. 

For the duration of the project the bus stop on Patteson Ave near the intersection with Tamaki Drive will be shifted to replace the P60 angle parking outside 14 Patteson Ave.

The project cost of approximately $1 million is being shared between Auckland Transport (50 per cent), Urban Partners (47 per cent) and Barfoot and Thompson (3 per cent).

The Orakei Local Board has contributed $150,000 towards the project.

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 - Stuff

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