UPDATE Friday 4.40pm: We’ve hit a bit of a speed bump with this dodgy weather and we won’t be able to finish the road markings this evening. That means the right of way will stay the same over the weekend. Please follow the signs and take care and we will let you know as soon as we hear when the priority will be changing. Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding.
Changes to the right of way at the intersection of Napier Road, Arrowsmith Avenue and Kiddle Drive are set to go live overnight, with our contractor completing the final road markings tonight. The changes give traffic travelling on Kiddle Drive and Arrowsmith Avenue the right of way, with vehicles on Napier Road required to stop.
Safety is our number one priority, so please take extra care and reduce your speed when approaching this intersection. There will be large digital screens advising drivers of the change on each approach to the intersection, along with new fixed signs with ‘new road layout’ on the approaches. In addition, signage displaying a reduced speed limit of 30km/h approaching the intersection will also be in place for the next few weeks to help everybody get used to new layout.
We’re pleased to see this work completed as it will make this intersection safer for everyone who uses it including school children, cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. Thanks for your patience everybody!
Huka Falls Road will be periodically closed to through traffic for three weeks from November 25 between 6am – 5.30pm, Monday – Saturday to allow for a footpath extension between Huka Lodge and the Huka Falls carpark entrance.
In 2018, council created a 1.5m wide concrete footpath along part of Huka Falls Road, with plans to eventually extend the path on to the Huka Falls.
While the works begin next week, the road will remain open until November 25.
Head of operations Kevin Strongman said this part of the extension will complete the final phase of the footpath.
“Once finished, the new footpath will be a great addition to the area.
“It will start from opposite Clearwater Lane and run 2.5km along the road, past Hipapatua Recreation and Reserve and onto the falls,” he said.
Temporary diversions will be put in place while the work is underway, with access still available to Huka Lodge at all times from the southern end of Huka Falls Road (where the lookout is).
Access to the Huka Falls themselves will also be available at all times from the northern end of Huka Falls Road, where Kefi at the Hub is located, to Huka Falls from Taupo.
An alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists will be signposted via the riverbank route and Spa Thermal Park.
Signage will be set up at both ends of Wairakei Drive informing motorists of the closure.
Pedestrians and cyclists on Huka Falls Road can divert through the Redwoods track and Kev’s track to bypass the worksite.
“Thank you for your patience as we work to create the footpath for everyone to enjoy.”
In a departure from recent tradition, third term Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas has opted not to make the highest polling councillor his deputy.
Rather than Kathy Guy, he has instead appointed mayoral rival councillor Christine Rankin as his understudy.
REad why he chose Rankin here.
So what do you think? Should the mayor choose the highest polling candidate or go with who he feels is the best choice?
Reach out, look out, help out AND speak out!