Major upgrade work on lower Brougham St begins today to turn the area outside New Plymouth’s library into a ‘‘shared space’’ for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
The $1.1 million redevelopment will take an estimated 12 weeks and is being done through the New Plymouth District Council’s Let’s Go project.
Let’s Go project manager Carl Whittleston said designers had used elements reflecting the features of the coastal walkway and Puke Ariki Landing, and the area would have a better visual link with Devon St.
“This area is looking quite tired and run down, and the revamp will change it into a much more open and friendly place with grass and seats,” he said.
The section of lower Brougham from King to Ariki streets will have no kerbs.
“The pavement will be a single level which everyone shares – it will be very much a low-speed place,” Mr Whittleston said.
During the project, King St from Egmont to Brougham streets, and lower Brougham St from Devon St West to Ariki St, will be closed to all traffic, except for service vehicles and those belonging to residents.
The car park behind the bus centre and leased car parks off King St will still be accessible, but the bus stops on King St for routes 3 and 4 will move to outside the James Ln restrooms.
A temporary pedestrian ramp will be built from King St so library users can still get into the building.
Because car parking will not be available in front of Puke Ariki, free 30-minute parking will be available in the central car park on the corner of Ariki and Egmont streets.
People can still drop off books in the return facility in the car park beneath Puke Ariki’s north wing.
Ariki St will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Brougham St during the early part of the redevelopment.
Businesses on the east side of Brougham St will have pedestrian access during the construction period, while the arts market will relocate temporarily to Huatoki Plaza.
- Taranaki Daily News
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