Streets upgrade for city centre

JENNA HOUGHTON
Last updated 05:00 08/01/2014

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Upgrades to streets in New Plymouth's city centre will begin next week.

Devon, Currie, Gill, Liardet and Egmont streets will be strengthened and resealed in the latest stage of roadworks by the New Plymouth District Council.

Roading programming engineer Steve Bowden said the work would begin on January 13 and finish on February 7 to avoid disrupting back to school traffic and the busy retail period.

Mr Bowden said contractors would work 12 hours, six days a week to make sure it was completed quickly and efficiently.

"We gave contractors clear directions - get in and get the job done."

The work would be staggered and take place during the day or at night.

"Generally the contractors will work on one road before moving on to the next, although there will be some overlap," he said.

Businesses in the area have been notified, and the bus stops on Liardet St and the taxi stand on Gill St will undergo temporary changes.

The taxi stand will move to the sea side of Centre City during improvements to Gill St.

Mr Bowden said the council had not yet received any adverse comments about the work, which has been scheduled to accommodate businesses in the area.

"We're conscious of the Liardet Apartments on the corner, Quest Hotel on Currie Street, and the Waterfront Hotel. We don't want them to have sleepless nights. At this time it's busy for hotel trade but quiet for retail," Mr Bowden said.

Mr Bowden said the upcoming improvements would be fairly straightforward.

"Sections of Devon, Currie, Liardet and Egmont streets will have their top layers removed and their sub-surfaces strengthened, then covered in chip seal then a hotmix surface."

ROAD WORK AREAS

Devon St West from Egmont to Brougham streets. Work will take place from 6pm to 7am from Sunday to Thursday.

Currie St from Devon St West to Gill St. Work will take place from 7.30am to 8pm from Sunday to Friday.

Egmont St from St Aubyn St to Devon St West. Work will take place from 8am to 8pm from Sunday to Friday, and one lane at a time to enable one side of the road to remain open to traffic at all times.

Gill St from Currie to Liardet streets. Work will take place from 7.30am to 8pm from Sunday to Friday.

Liardet St from Devon Street East to Courtenay St. Work will take place from 6pm to midnight from Sunday to Thursday. 


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