Stage four of the Napier inner city infrastructure upgrade along Hastings Street has started, two weeks ahead of schedule.
The intersection of Tennyson and Hastings Streets will be closed to traffic for some weeks but pedestrian access will be maintained at all times to all businesses. With security fencing extending some way down both roads from the intersection during this time, businesses in the CBD, supported by Napier City Business Inc and Council, have been working on an exhibition in the same area, The Art of Distraction, to encourage people to keep using, and visiting the closed off space. It is due to be launched near the end of June.
The CBD upgrade continues the work which resulted in an upgrade of Hastings Street’s underground infrastructure, and the street surface between Albion and Emerson Streets last year. The above ground design elements include wider footpaths, a revamped parking layout, new planting and street furniture. Planning for this part of the CBD infrastructure upgrade began in 2010. It is part of a city wide response for areas known to be susceptible to flooding, Napier City Council Director Infrastructure Jon Kingsford said earlier this year.
All new pipelines will connect to the Marine Parade stormwater outfall, underneath the viewing platform.
The last section of the upgrade scheduled for this year, from the Hastings- Tennyson Streets intersection through to Browning Street, is expected to be finished by October. For more information about the overall project, go to the Napier Inner City Upgrade project webpage.
12 May 2017
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