Here's an update from the council on the work happening along The Parade this week. The project is still a work in progress, and getting used to any roading change takes time, so whether you are driving, riding or walking please take care and look out for each other. A little bit of courtesy and common-sense goes a long way! If you have any issues, questions or suggestions about how things could be tweaked please email the council at firstname.lastname@example.org
New road markings
The first of the new road markings went in last week between Dee Street and the shopping centre. This week we’ll be marking the new parking spaces and kerbside cycle lane between Medway Street and the Island Bay Bowling Club.
The work involves removing and resealing a 2-metre wide strip adjacent to the kerb to provide a better surface for riding on and putting in the new white lines.
Mersey Street to the bowling club
Work is already under way in this area as we endeavour to get as much of the cycleway in place before Christmas.
Weather permitting, the preparation, sealing and road marking will happen on the west side (even numbers or northbound side) of this block during the day and overnight on Tuesday 15 December. Work on the east side (odd numbers or southbound side) will happen on Wednesday 16 December.
The sealing and road marking work is weather dependent so will need to be delayed if it is wet.
Medway Street to Mersey Street
We’ll be sealing the edge of the road on the east (southbound) side between Medway and Mersey streets on Friday 18 December, weather permitting. The other side doesn’t need to be resealed.
The line markings will be painted overnight on Sunday 20 December if the weather is okay. Vehicles will need to be moved from both sides of the street.
Take extra care parking and riding
The parking spaces will be out from the kerb and clearly marked. The cycle lane will be adjacent to the footpath.
Getting used to any roading change takes time, so if you park on the street, please take extra care parking in the repositioned bays, and getting in and out of your car.
If you’re on a bike and starting to use the newly marked sections of lane, watch for pedestrians and people parking and turning in and out of driveways.
Tamar Street intersection
We’re installing a new pedestrian crossing at this intersection and have completed all the footpath work.
We expect the new pedestrian crossing will be painted and operational by Christmas.
Mersey Street intersection
All the work outside the diary is complete along with most of the work on the footpath near the Empire Cinema. New concrete bike paths have been constructed on this side in both locations to provide a safe way to ride past the new and existing pedestrian crossings and the relocated bus stop.
The bus shelter is finished, the real-time information sign has been reinstalled and the bus stop is now in use in its new location.
Opposite the cinema, the new kerbline will be poured this week. Just south of the Mersey Street intersection on this side, we are constructing a bike path to bypass the school crossing and bus stop. All going well, the path and the school crossing will be finished by Christmas.
The new zebra crossing by the cinema will be finished in January.
Dee Street intersection
Work at this intersection is continuing. We are putting in a zebra crossing slightly south of the existing crossing point and installing a bike path around it and the bus stop.
The new kerbline went in last week and this week we’ll be putting in the boxing for the new path. Most of the work in this area is on the eastern side and should be finished before Christmas.
Reef Street intersection
New bike ramps are being installed here this week.
Christmas/New Year break
The construction team will be taking a break over the Christmas/New Year period. They will finish on 23 December and be back on 5 January.