Work on Pahiatua Town Centre Upgrade takes a break for Christmas

Work on Pahiatua’s stunning town centre upgrade is on target to be completed in 2021. With crews doing the final works and tidying up before the Christmas break, Project Manager, Stuart Malins, is pleased with the good progress despite the wet weather.

“The weather has set us back in the last couple of months, but we are where we want to be,” he said.

Most crews will finish on December 18, with the last winding up on December 23. Some workers will be back on January 5, but most will begin work on January 11.

“When we’re back the crossing outside Tradesmart will be completed, along with the eastern bio-filter garden,” Malins said. Work will also be undertaking on the northern two blocks, with the second coat of chip seal and line marking. Tararua District mayor, Tracey Collis, said stoppages on the upgrade, because of Covid-19 and some wet, spring weather have added to the challenges for businesses.

“We understand the frustration, but residents are really starting to see the design take shape now and excitement is building at the changes and the possibilities which will result,” she said.

The aboveground works will transform the Pahiatua town centre into a vibrant and thriving central area bringing a sense of pride to the community improving Main Street’s appeal to both locals and drive through traffic, encouraging traffic to stop.

“It’s pleasing to see tables and chairs being used outside the bakery and hopefully this will become a common sight throughout the summer months,” Collis said. “I’m sure locals will get behind local businesses as they go about their Christmas shopping.

“The teams working on the project have carried out a wide range of work and many local contractors have been involved,” she said. “They are all working extremely hard to complete as much as possible before the close down date, when all work on State Highways must end to allow for Christmas traffic.”

And while the community and businesses have been patient and tolerant of the disruptions, thanks also go to crews who have been accommodating and understanding of locals, helping in small ways such as moving barriers for pedestrians.

Also, thanks to the Project Team for their work and passion and to everyone supporting the project wherever and however they can.


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