Next stage of Vaughan Road shared path to get underway
6 October 2021
Work is scheduled to begin this week (weather permitting) on the next section of the Vaughan Road shared path.
Local civil engineering firm Hickeys Contractors Limited will be constructing the three metre wide shared path from Tennyson Drive to the Ōwhata/Te Ngae Road intersection.
Work will begin on the Tennyson Road end and is expected to take about three months to complete.
This section also includes a link through Puketāwhero Park to connect to the shared path on Te Ngae Road and other amenities within the park such as the clubrooms and playspace.
Letters have been delivered to residents in the area to let them know about the upcoming work. During the construction period traffic management will be in place and contractors will keep disruptions to residents and motorists to a minimum.
Why are we making these changes?
Council has been working in partnership with Tatau Pounamu Collective, Eastside hapū and the wider community to develop the Eastside Community Wellness Plan and what we've heard is that people want safe, connected, sustainable and thriving communities.
In 2020 the Government granted Rotorua Lakes Council $20million for shovel ready projects to support growth in the Eastern suburbs. Of this funding, $5 million was earmarked for upgrades to local roads to encourage more use of alternative transport modes.
Some of the benefits of a shared path include:
- Connecting communities: shared paths connect neighbourhoods to schools, sports and recreation areas, shopping centres and the inner city.
- Safe caring communities: shared paths and other road features encourage motorists to take more care as they drive in a space that also has pedestrians, bike riders and other users.
- Thriving communities: shared paths make it easier to access friends, work and leisure activities while encouraging physical activity that the whole family can enjoy.
- Supporting residential growth: as residential areas grow so will the amount of traffic on the road. We know from data collected from other shared paths in town that having safer spaces encourages more people to choose alternative modes of transport.
Find out more about Tatau Pounamu Collective at www.tataupounamurotorua.com
Find out more about the Eastside Community Wellness Plan at www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/eastsideplan