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27 September 2022 |  View online
Kia ora koutou,
 
Welcome to our September ENews.

Here’s what’s in this issue:

Cameron Road upgrade reaches one-year mark

It has been one year since construction work along Cameron Road began in September 2021!  This is an important milestone to reach. One year on and the new facilities are beginning to take shape, making Cameron Road safer, more attractive and providing more ways to travel along this important through-route and destination.
 
Cameron Road is one of our city’s main arteries and the location of many schools, businesses and our hospital. It also connects people in Tauranga’s southern suburbs to our city centre. When complete at the end of 2023, the Building our future - Cameron Road, Te Papa project will see new part-time bus lanes, a new two-way cycleway, and other improvements including gardens to make the area more walkable, attractive and community-friendly.  
 
Progress to date: 
  • The new shared path and cycleway between Wharf Street and Elizabeth Street will be complete in the coming weeks and open to the community. 
  • Signalised pedestrian crossing installed between Spring Street and Elizabeth Street is complete and will be operational in the coming week. 
  • The two-way cycleway between Sixth and Eleventh Avenues has been completed with some minor finishing touches remaining. This will be open by the end of September.
  • More than 5500m2 of asphalt has been laid to footpaths and cycleways and 3900m of concrete for new kerbing. 
  • Essential upgrades to the wastewater between Harington Street and Sixth Avenue are mostly complete. About 2.5km of new pipe has been installed so far, replacing old, undersized pipes, some of which were more than 100 years old. There is a section between Elizabeth Street and First Avenue that will need to be replaced with excavation and this will be done at the start of 2023.  
As the weather warms up the planting will begin in prepared garden areas. This involves more than 30,000 new shrubs, grasses and trees, that reflect the history of the area, attract bird life and create spaces for the community.
 

Tauranga Primary School students offer colourful ideas on construction

The Cameron Road Joint Venture created a colouring-in competition for students at Tauranga Primary School on Fifth Avenue. The students have been interested in the construction happening nearby, which includes constructing new bus lanes, a two-way cycleway and more space for people to walk and safely cross the roads. The colouring-in competition included details about the construction and what Cameron Road will look like once work is complete. Both junior and senior students enjoyed the activity with 152 entering their drawings with their own unique touches. The winning classes enjoyed a shared pizza lunch, supplied by the CRJV.
The colouring-in sheet is available to download on our website. 
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Colourful entries from Tauranga Primary students displayed at the Cameron Road Joint Venture office.
The winning Tauranga Primary School students enjoying their prize.

A chat and a coffee - join us to learn more about construction plans

Have you got questions about the construction happening along Cameron Road? Join us for a coffee and chat about the construction plans at one of the upcoming sessions below. Talk to the project team and learn more about what is happening in your area. The team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Wednesday 28 September 2022
Time: Anytime between 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Tauranga Central Baptist Church courtyard – 640 Cameron Road
 
Thursday 29 September 2022
Time: Anytime between 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Unit 8/306 Cameron Road (Tauranga City Council)
Entrance on Third Avenue by IRD office
 

Construction along Cameron Road is progressing well, despite some recent wintery wet weather, ongoing COVID-19 impacts and design clashes. In the coming weeks, the CRJV team will be opening up areas that are near completion as they move to new areas of work. Please continue to take care as you travel along Cameron Road and adhere to the temporary traffic management signs in place.

Zone A: Harington Street to Sixth Avenue
  • Wastewater: The wastewater upgrade of the main pipeline along Cameron Road from Hamilton Street to Elizabeth Street, and Second Avenue to Sixth Avenue is complete. The temporary traffic management with the two-way traffic on the eastern side of Cameron Road between Sixth and Second Avenues will be removed before the CRJV start the wastewater connections down Fifth Avenue, Arundel Street and Fourth Avenue in October.
  • Streetscape: The majority of the streetscape upgrade from Elizabeth Street to Hamilton Street is complete, and in the coming weeks, the team will be completing the new road surface and final touches to finish this area. The streetscape work on the eastern side of Cameron Road between Elizabeth Street and Second Avenue is also nearing completion and in the coming weeks, the team will move to the western side of Cameron Road, between Second Avenue and Elizabeth Street, upgrading the stormwater and footpath in this section.
Zone A: First Avenue concrete pour.
Zone A: Final footpath and cycleway preparations for asphalt.

Zone B: Sixth Avenue to Twelfth Avenue 

Between Sixth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue on the eastern side of Cameron Road is also nearing completion, with the concrete pavers located at bus stops and intersections laid from Ninth Avenue to Eleventh Avenue. The team will be returning to complete the concrete pavers between Sixth and Eighth Avenue in October and completing and final touches. They are also currently working between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenue on the streetscape upgrade and once this is complete, will be moving across to the western side and working their way northbound towards Sixth Avenue.
 
Zone B: Eighth Avenue eastern side.
Zone B: Footpath and two-way cycleway.

Zone C: Twelfth Avenue to Fifteenth Avenue

The majority of work on the eastern side of Cameron Road, between Twelfth and Fifteenth Avenue is complete, with the section of pavers outside Tauranga Boys College finished. There are some finishing touches, including street furniture still to come. The work on the western side of Cameron Road between Fifteenth and Fourteenth Avenue is nearing completion, as the team has focused on upgrading the stormwater system, shared path and driveways in this section. The Fourteenth Avenue intersection remains closed while the team complete this work. The team has extended from Thirteenth to Twelfth Avenue as they progress with upgrading the stormwater system and shared pathway.
Zone C: Block pavers ready for laying.
Zone C: New bus shelter.

For more information about what’s happening with the latest construction works, please visit our website. To sign up for construction updates and works notifications please email contact@crjv.co.nz.
 

Fifteenth to 17th Avenue plans

Council has finalised the decisions on parking and the right turn out of Sixteenth Avenue west to Cameron Road, which are below: 
 
Loss of parking
Council has committed to retaining some short-term car parking on the western side of the road in front of My Ride Tauranga, Cuts on Cameron and 88 Chinese Restaurant. There is also a commitment from Council to increase enforcement of time limited parking.
 
Sixteenth Avenue west right turn out
The right-out turn will be removed from this intersection and details of design opportunities for a reduced detour will be released shortly.
 
The design plans showing these changes are in progress and we look forward to making them available to you shortly. Once they have been finalised, the Cameron Road Joint Venture will be looking to programme works south of Fifteenth Avenue.
 
Thank you for your patience while we have worked through these concerns.

Building our future - Cameron Road Stage 2 update

Cameron Road Virtual Info Room.
Work is progressing well with the Cameron Road Stage 2 (17th Avenue to Te Ranga) project. Following our engagement with the community and stakeholders earlier this year, the analysis of what we heard has been completed and the is now available online in our Virtual Info Room - Cameron Road Virtual Info Room.
 
The project team has now developed a long list of options that explores different solutions for improving the corridor that takes in to account the local environment and community needs, local centres, historical and cultural sites, and connecting the suburbs along the route and the Te Papa peninsula/city centre. 
 
All of the long list options have been discussed with project partners to ensure they meet the key objectives for the project, which are to:
  • Make Cameron Road safer for all users;
  • Provide more ways to move around Tauranga, including along and across the corridor;
  • Make Cameron Road a more attractive urban place, and
  • Recognise the cultural heritage and significance of Cameron Road to mana whenua
The project team will be out and about in the community later in October/November to chat about progress and hear people’s thoughts about the short-list of options for upgrades to Cameron Road between 17th Avenue and Te Ranga.

Refreshed Tauranga Moana waterfront plan gets the go ahead

Plans to protect and improve access to one of our city’s greatest assets – Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour city centre waterfront – were formally adopted at a council meeting on 5 September. Waterfront gigs, waka ama challenges and strolls along the shoreline are some of the activities you can expect to see in the near future, as Tauranga’s waterfront is transformed to become an iconic destination that stands the test of time, attracting visitors near and far to take part in activities in, on and around the water.
 
The Tauranga Moana Waterfront Plan will complement the new civic precinct - Te Manawataki o Te Papa, with community and recreational activities. The plan will guide development over the next 10 years along the city centre waterfront, from Dive Crescent to Tunks Reserve, including Masonic Park.
 
Highlights of the future waterfront will be improved access to the water’s edge for people to take part in a range of water activities, a flexible event space that can be used all year round, plenty of spaces to play, and a boulevard for walking and cycling.
 
TCC’s Long-term Plan 2021-2031 (LTP) Amendment and Annual Plan 2022/23 have $94.8 million allocated to the waterfront development, with many projects earmarked for completion before the end of June 2024.
Artist’s impression of the proposed city centre waterfront looking south. Showing new park and event space (foreground), water’s edge promenade, new play space and pavilion, central waterfront plaza, new wharf and southern park spaces that establish an integrated range of water’s edge experiences and activities that celebrate the interface between city and sea.

Share your thoughts

You can visit our website for more project information and updates. Check it out at www.tauranga.govt.nz/cameronroad
 
 If you have questions during construction, you can contact the CRJV team at

 cameron@tauranga.govt.nz
 0800 CAMERON (0800 226 376) 

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Kind regards,
Building our future - Cameron Road, Te Papa Project Team
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