Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency surveyors will be in Pukerua Bay on Sunday 14 February 2021 starting around 7pm, surveying each intersection with a view to future design improvements. This will involve stop/go traffic control, but no machinery, and is unrelated to the PCC vegetation trimming work last week.
There will be four to five nights of works commencing this week along Pukerua Bay State Highway 1 to attend to the roadside vegetation and trees. Works will start on Sunday night (31 January 2021) and expect to run through to Thursday night, weather allowing. All work will be done at night, progressing north to south, starting on Sunday night down by the 50 km sign at the bottom of the hill.
- Wellington Electricity will be clearing trees from power lines,
- Fulton Hogan will be cutting back roadside and footpath vegetation, and
- Treescape will be removing some of the trees.
Details of the works are provided in the satellite map plans below.
Contractors Mills & Albert have confirmed with PCC that they will be starting the widening and resurfacing of the shared SH1 footpath from the Pukerua Bay shops north to the overbridge next Tuesday, 19th of May. This was originally scheduled for 23rd of March, but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 lock-down.
This $45,000 Porirua City Council village planning project has been in the pipe for at least ten years to improve the safety of pedestrian and cyclists along SH1. It is now going ahead with matched funding from NZTA to bring the total project funding to $90,000. This funding will allow bringing the pathway up to the required NZTA standard for shared pathways, in particular that it be a minimum of two metres wide.
The existing footpath path will be widened up to 400 mm in some places with wooden edging and retaining walls where necessary. In the three locations where the path is failing and slipping down the adjacent slope, a full width path reinstatement with be undertaken. At the end of the widening works, the widened areas will be full-width resurfaced.
Footpath diversion will be in place
Mills & Albert estimate the works will take 20 working days. During this time unfortunately a footpath diversion will be in place, similar to when the retaining wall was constructed last year, but for only 4 weeks. In addition, the shortcut to the shops across the school field will be cordoned off and unavailable while this work is being done.
You will also be able to go between the overbridge and the shops via Te Motu Road and the SH1 pedestrian refuge at the shops.
The NZTA contractors have been busy little beavers lately, fixing the debris fence and retaining wall above Brendon Beach. Now, they’re about to start on the retaining wall on the sea side of the layby near the Three Sisters Rocks.
A new crib wall is being built on the seaward side of the lane between the two laybys to replace the one which has been almost destroyed by storms and constant strong wave action.
- From Wednesday 10 July for three weeks — weather permitting.
- Work will be conducted during the day.
- The laybys and lane will become a worksite and will be closed to traffic.
- Minimal impact on traffic — all work will be off the road but there will be trucks coming and going.
- The shared path beside the road will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists throughout the works.
The survey into people’s views on pedestrian safety on Teihana Road and Rawhiti Road has closed and the results are here.
We will compile them and send them to Porirua City Council. Many of you included very helpful comments in your response, which will also need to be analysed. Thank you for your input. We’ll let you know what the outcome is.
Note: this survey is now closed. We will provide your feedback to Porirua City Council.
In 2016 the Residents’ Association was approached about concerns around children’s and pedestrians’ safety outside the school. Recently Porirua City Council presented us their plans to make Rawhiti Road and Teihana Road safer, as outlined here. They propose that the following safety measures be put in place:
- Extend a footpath on Rawhiti Road for 220m from number 92 to the corner of Wairaka Road
- Construct a pedestrian zebra crossing with refuge island on Teihana Road, outside number 10.
If you are a local resident, please fill out this short survey; your feedback is most appreciated.
(Survey now closed)
We’ve had a message from NZTA about Paekakariki Hill Road being closed this Friday night. It is a trial to test how effective it is in stopping people using it as a shortcut in heavy traffic, thereby causing more delays when merging at Paekakariki. …
Fantastic news! Repairs will start on the retaining wall under the footpath on State Highway 1 between the shops and pedestrian bridge next week. The footpath will be closed during this time, and you’ll have to go around it (along Te Motu Rd and Rawhiti Road, or cut through the school).
We received the following media statement from Porirua City Council yesterday:
Pukerua Bay work underway
A section of footpath in Pukerua Bay will be closed for six weeks, starting next week, due to retaining wall work.
General Manager City Infrastructure Mike Evans says the work is scheduled to start on Wednesday 21 November.
“Work will be done on the footpath just south of the pedestrian overpass at Pukerua Bay (between the shops at Pukerua Bay and Te Kura Road) and the footpath will be closed while the work is being carried out.
“For safety reasons, pedestrians will not be able to access the footpath and will need to use the Rawhiti Road overbridge instead.
“The contractor will put up signs and barriers, and we are advising cyclists and pedestrians to be cautious when they are in the area and use the overbridge when they are travelling between the shops at Pukerua Bay and Te Kura Road. During this time, the road shoulder will also be closed, so cyclists are also advised to use the overbridge.
The work is weather dependent but is expected to take around six weeks. “We appreciate everyone’s patience while the work is being carried out,” says Mr Evans.
We will issue main updates through the Pukerua Bay Residents Association and the Porirua City Facebook channels and on poriruacity.govt.nz/pukerua-bay-works.
It was thought the speed limit was going to be reduced, but Capital Journeys has told us that isn’t going to happen.
We’ve received some lovely positive feedback from truck drivers and other motorists who were stranded in Pukerua Bay last week due to the accident and spill clean-up, thanking locals for their time, care and refreshments. We’d like to pass on their appreciation, and add ours as well, to all those residents of Pukerua Bay who helped out on the day!
“You guys rock, thanks for the food drink and your generous donations of time and chat talking to my fellow drivers. What you have done as a community far outweighs all expectations.”
— Mark Salisbury
“From all the truckies that were stranded yesterday, a huge thanks to the residents that came out to provide water and food. Community resilience at its best.”
— Axel Alexander
From us here in Pukerua Bay, you’re welcome! 🙂
We’ve also had an offer from Mainfreight to contribute something for the upcoming AGM in appreciation. Thanks again to all involved; pop along, and we’ll see you there!