Pedestrian crossings underway

Work is due to begin this week on the upgrade of four pedestrian crossings in Orewa town centre.

The aim is to improve pedestrian safety by removing a confusing crossing that goes across Hibiscus Coast Highway from the town centre and replace it with four new ones at the intersections of the highway with Moana and Moenui Avenues.

There will be two crossings at each intersection – one across the highway and the others across Moana and Moenui Avenues.

The original cost estimate for the work was $329,000 but this has increased to a final project cost of $381,069 – $92,700 of this is for lighting.

Auckland Transport spokesperson Mark Hannan says that changes were made to the initial design so that it fits in better with the existing streetscape and “addresses end user expectation”.

“These amendments will provide a much better finished product and add to the existing layout and beautification works done through the Orewa Boulevard,” Mr Hannan says. “The amendments included the use of specialised products to tie in with existing materials  – blue stone to be used for kerbing, white granite insets for delineation of zebra crossings and bespoke lighting poles to match existing poles.”

The contract for the work was awarded to Downers NZ. Construction is expected to begin this week and be completed by the end of June, dependent on weather.