Titiraupenga Street upgrade
An important phase in the transformation of the Taupō town centre is the upgrade of Titiraupenga St, started in April 2021.
This phase involves upgrading the intersections along Titiraupenga St to change the flow of traffic, with priority given to traffic traveling along Titiraupenga St.
The works started at the northern end of Titiraupenga St, with the upgrade to the Scannell St intersection. It is intended to complete each intersection individually, moving south towards Lake Terrace with the Roberts Street intersection expected to be complete by the end of the year.
As part of the government-funded Taupō Town Centre Transformation programme of works, which will better connect our town centre to its surrounding environment and put people-first, the aim of these changes is to support through-traffic to utilise Titiraupenga St and Spa Rd instead of Lake Terrace and Tongariro St.
|Location:||Titiraupenga Street intersections|
|Start date:||April 2021|
|Completion date:||Late 2021|
October 14, 2021: Tītīraupenga/Spa Road works to get under way next week
From Monday 18 October, we are expecting work to begin on transforming this intersection and installing traffic lights here. This date is weather permitting. The first stage of this work will begin on the northern side of Spa Road and will involve no access for vehicles in to and out of Opepe Street. During this first stage, which is expected to take four and a half weeks, Spa Road will remain open to traffic but please expect delays and disruption while the work is underway. Once this is complete, the team will then move over to the southern side of Spa Road.
October 11, 2021: Tītīraupenga/te Heu Heu closure extends due to COVID
The nasty weather didn’t stop the team working on the Tītīraupenga/te Heu Heu intersection, but COVID restrictions certainly have. With Hamilton locked down and interrupting our supply chain the team are having to extend the closure of this intersection until Saturday 16 October, despite pulling out all the stops to find a work-around.
Thanks to the affected businesses and residents who have been working with us on this piece of the project, and thanks also to drivers for their patience - hang in there folks, these are trying times for us all but the team are determined to get this over the line and things back to normal as soon as possible!
September 30, 2021: Titīraupenga Street upgrade picks up pace
The Te Heu Heu/Titīraupenga Streets intersection will be closed next week to speed up work on the Taupō Town Centre Transformation upgrade. The work was originally scheduled to be carried out under a stop/go road closure, but following consultation with nearby businesses and residents, it has been decided to fully close the intersection from Monday 4 October to Sunday 10 October. Detours will run along Ruapehu Street, Tūwharetoa Street, Tamamutu Street, and Kaimanawa Street.
August 13, 2021: Looking forward to safer streets
The Taupō Town Centre Transformation project is bringing some exciting changes to our town, including safer pedestrian and cycling access for Taupō Primary School.
The creation of a pedestrian mall on Horomatangi Street, a signalised pedestrian crossing on Titiraupenga Street, as well as additional pedestrian islands surrounding the school environment will all add to safer access points for school children.
July 26, 2021: Titiraupenga Street upgrade moves to te Heuheu Street
Construction works will move from Horomatangi Street to te Heuheu Street on Monday, August 2, to begin the upgrade of this next intersection.
This upgrade includes the addition of traffic lights to support the change in priority along this stretch of road. There will also be significantly improved pedestrian and cycling access on all four corners of the intersection. Once complete, traffic travelling along Titiraupenga Street will have priority.
Construction here will include each corner of the intersection upgraded consecutively, starting on the north-east (park side) and moving clockwise from there. Each corner is expected to take six days to complete, weather permitting with basic traffic management allowing the intersection to be open at all times.
Once this is complete, there will then be a seven-day full intersection road closure to allow for the pavement laying to take place. In total, we are expecting this to take five weeks to complete, all going to plan.
June 25, 2021: Horomatangi Street intersection next up for transformation
With work on the Paora Hapi / Titiraupenga Street intersection nearly complete, our Downer team are now relocating to the Horomatangi Street intersection for the next stage of the Taupō Town Centre Transformation.
Project manager Izelda Cruz said the work was going very well despite the weather not coming to the party, and thanked drivers for their patience. “Our contractors are doing a great job and so is the community – drivers and pedestrians alike have been really understanding, and the finished results look great,” she said.
May 14, 2021
We are expecting the Scannell Street changes to be completed by mid-next week. From there, you will see the team move to Paora Hapi Street where they will be improving pedestrian safety by adding refuge islands to all four legs of the intersection. This work is expected to take four and a half weeks to complete, weather permitting. The aim of this work is to encourage through-traffic to utilise Titiraupenga Street and Spa Road, instead of Lake Terrace and Tongariro Street. This will allow us to transform our town centre to put people first and create better connections with the surrounding environment.
The works are being undertaken by Downer with some road closures at this intersection required as part of this work. We will be ensuring access for residents and businesses at all times but please follow signage and detours in place when in the area.
April 7, 2021: Town centre transformation reaches next phase
An important phase in the transformation of the Taupō town centre will get underway this month, with the upgrade of Titiraupenga St set to begin from Monday, April 12.
This phase will involve upgrading the intersections along Titiraupenga St to change the flow of traffic, with priority given to traffic traveling along Titiraupenga St.