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Low barriers among moves to minimise Hurstmere Rd disruption

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Pow-wow… Auckland Council’s Lisa Spasic talks to the local board’s
Aidan Bennett (left) and the business association’s Terence Harpur
about major works

Low metal fencing rather than hoardings will line Hurstmere Rd during protracted major roadworks, to ensure people can see businesses are open for trade.

The upgrade of the shopping strip is due to start in the first half of April and continue until mid- to late-2021, depending on weather and other factors, the council’s project leader says.

Hurstmere Rd businesses have been concerned about the impact on trade.

Auckland Council is working to ensure the roadworks are completed as quickly as possible, senior project and programme leader Lisa Spasic says.  

The contractor is obligated to make sure pedestrian access to businesses is maintained during business operating hours. 

A traffic management plan will allow one lane of northbound traffic throughout construction

The council plans to keep locals informed about progress via regular newsletters, and will have a full-time stakeholder liaison manager in frequent contact with business owners.

The Takapuna Business Association is supporting its members through information, advocacy, business advice and mentoring programmes, plus lots of extra marketing, competitions, giveaways and events to keep Hurstmere Rd vibrant during the construction, chief executive Terence Harpur says.

“Getting through construction disruption is never easy for a business,” Harpur says. 

“We therefore ask our community to please shop local and continue to support businesses through this time.” 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chair Aidan Bennett says the project has been in the pipeline for a long time, so it is a thrill to see it finally happening. 

Some of the key design elements include: a northbound one-way street; a southbound cycle lane and additional cycle parking; a 30km/h speed limit; 28 parallel car parks, four mobility parks and additional loading zones; wider concrete pavements with six formal crossing points; a cleaner, sustainable stormwater treatment system with eight new rain gardens; 16 new native puriri trees and 60 new cabbage trees; an environment that reflects Maori cultural values and local stories; and new street lighting and street furniture.

This article originally appeared in the 20 March 2020 edition of the Rangitoto Observer.