We’re carrying out improvement works at the intersection of Rimu Road and Iver Trask Place and we should have things wrapped up by the end of June 2018 (providing the weather plays nice!).
On the corner of Rimu Road, Iver Trask and Kapiti Primary School we're paving, landscaping and planting, and creating a bay for buses to pull in and collect passengers, so traffic can flow more smoothly. Across the road outside Tākiri House and the Coastlands car park work includes:
We're also installing ducting on both sides of Rimu Road so we don't have to dig up the road again when we decide to install traffic lights later at the Rimu Road/Iver Trask Place intersection.
Our Rimu Road works are progressing well, with the trees in on the Coastlands side and the landscape planting nearly finished. We’re working on the school side finishing the concrete footpath and reinstalling the school boundary fence. This will be followed by topsoil to the garden areas, tree planting and landscaping. Once this is finished, we'll open up these areas to pedestrians. Finishing touches to this phase of work include installation of lighting to the trees, re-marking the parking bays in Coastlands alongside the new garden, new cycle lane and road markings. We’re also constructing a new set of steps linking the old Rimu Road footpath with the Coastlands paving outside Subway. Lastly, we’re planning improvements to the existing pedestrian crossing. At this stage we’re still on track to finish by the end of June.
We've made some temporary changes to car parking on Iver Trask Place, directly outside Council Buildings, for our works office and so our workers can safely access site. The disabled parks have moved from opposite the main entrance, to the parallel parks just outside the doors. All other changes are signposted with temporary signage indicating time limits. We're also using this as an opportunity to test car parking with shorter time limits directly outside Novella.
Why did you change the scope of these works?
In early 2018 we reviewed timeframes, costings and priorities for some of our town centre and related projects. The east/west connector road project (a through road heading west from Ihakara St) has been moved out several years as a result of changing traffic patterns and funding priorities. So we decided to put a hold on the new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings we had planned at the Rimu Road intersection outside Council buildings. Instead, we're focusing our available resources on improvements to the existing crossing and landscaping, and we'll revisit traffic lights at a later date.
How will these works affect drivers?
There should be minimal disruption for motorists – there will be some road shoulder closures during the work and we'll keep you updated with site signage and updates through our regular channels like Facebook and Everything Kāpiti.
How will these works affect pedestrians?
There will be some footpath closures during work, so please take care crossing between Council buildings and Coastlands. As we progress through the works, we'll keep you updated with site signage and updates through our regular channels like Facebook and Everything Kāpiti.
How does this work fit with other plans for the town centre?
The improvements we’re making over time to the Paraparaumu town centre aim to make it more vibrant, and the primary focus in our District for retail, commercial, cultural and civic activity. As part of this we’re keen to promote Rimu Road as the main street for Paraparaumu, connecting to the civic precinct. Future work in the Rimu Road/civic precinct area will see more retail development from Coastlands along Rimu Road, landscaping and creation of public space along the school boundary with Iver Trask Place and the creation of a destination playground (west of the Library).
How much will it cost?
The works we’re carrying out between March and June will cost approximately $1 million.
Will traffic lights and new crossings happen at a later date?
As priorities and circumstances change within our District, we’ll continue to review all of our town centre and related projects, to make sure they’re fit for purpose and meet our community’s needs. This means that the traffic lights and new crossings are still a possibility in the future, it’s just a case of lining them up with other projects and priorities so the timing’s right.
Why did you replace a section of the new footpath outside Council buildings?
You might have noticed an area of new footpath that was removed opposite the Council building’s main entrance. Our contractor wasn’t happy with the finish on parts of the slab so has replaced these areas at their own expense. They’ve also put in place additional quality measures to prevent it from happening again.
Working together on improving our town centre - Town centres are at the heart of our communities. We want Paraparaumu town centre to be vibrant, diverse and thriving – a place where people want to spend time and where they can access the services they need safely. Improving our town centres will take time and means working together with business, investors and the community. We can't do this on our own.
Coastlands has built an exciting new two-storey retail space in the carpark adjoining Rimu Road. Known as Tākiri House it will be a bustling hub of retail and café activity helping to link Coastlands to the civic precinct.
We're working with Coastlands to share and align ideas for developments that will transform Rimu Road into the main street of Paraparaumu. This retail expansion supports the delivery of our masterplan for improving the Paraparaumu town centre.