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What's happening this week?
The end is near! Thank you for your patience while work has been underway. It's been a big few months, we hope you're enjoying the new entrance to Cambridge.
- Continuing to build footpaths through Lake Te Ko Utu.
- Footpath work outside the St Andrews Church, Z petrol station, BP petrol station and along Queen St.
- Building the foundation for the memorial gates.
- Minor tree trimming of secondary growth trees to create view shafts to Lake Te Ko Utu.
It's been a busy two weeks! Whitaker Street is and the car park are now open. We've also been paving and road marking and enjoying the sunshine after a couple of stormy weeks! Here's what we're up to next:
- Finishing installing street lights.
- Paving outside St Andrews Church, Z petrol station, KFC and along Queen Street.
- Building a new footpath through the green area of Lake Te Ko Utu.
The area is looking fantastic but please be patient - we're still busy with landscaping and footpaths. Short detours will continue to be in place for pedestrians - please use the designated paths.
3 - 9 April
We're getting close to finishing the roadworks around the Victoria Street / Hamilton Road roundabout. If you're walking by, please keep in mind that the construction site is not a short-cut, and stick to the walkways. Follow the signs for the temporary footpath, use the safe crossing point at Good Union and do not cut across the construction site, which is full of hazards.
Once the new median island on Victoria Steet is complete it will have a refuge point for pedestrians to wait safely before crossing the other side of the road. There will also be a new zebra crossing at Good Union.
Thanks for your cooperation!
This week we're:
- Surfacing Whitaker Street.
- Constructing footpath outside Good Union and BP on Whitaker Street.
- Continuing to work on footpaths on Thornton Road.
- Constructing the Victoria Road and Queen Street median islands.
27 March - 1 April
Thanks for all your feedback since the roundabout opened! Here's what we're up to this week:
20 - 25 March
Please take care using the roundabout, the area will still be operational and it may take time for motorists to adjust to the change in layout.
13 - 18 March
The weather forecast is predicting rain this week! Unfortunately this may delay the work we have planned.
6 -11 March
- The intersection of Hamilton Road and Victoria Street will stay closed this week while we continue building the median strip.
- Whitaker Street will remain closed this week while we build paving and kerbing. Details of the closure are below.
- We're building footpaths on Thornton Road. Waipa Networks will also be replacing a power pole on Thornton Road on Saturday 11 March.
27 February - 4 March
Read all the details in our latest e-newsletter.
- Drainage on Whitaker Street.
- Weather depending - kerbing may begin around the roundabout island.
Last week we uncovered a pre-1900s drain running along Victoria Street, infront of Hamilton Road. The drain has been surveryed, logged and photographed. Check out the photo below.
Work continues on building the western side of the roundabout (Hamilton Road side). Hamilton Road / Victoria Street intersection remains closed.
Read the latest e-newsletter for a full update.
Thanks for your patience and understanding while a section of Victoria Street has been closed.
The section of road from Clare Street to Hamilton Road will re-open on Tuesday 7 or Wednesday 8 February - depending on the weather over the next few days.
This week we're:
31 Jan - 4 Feb
- Laying asphalt and kerbing on the eastern (lake side) of the roundabout.
- Excavating Whitaker Street – this will eventually become a two-lane street.
- Continuing to widen Victoria Street.
The next big tick off the list is to dig out Victoria Street from Clare Street to Hamilton Road so we can lower the height of the road and resurface it.
To do this we need to close Victoria Street from Clare Street to Hamilton Road for two-three weeks. We understand this isn’t ideal but closing the road will mean the work can be finished three weeks earlier.
The road closure will begin Wednesday 25 January and will only be in place while workers are onsite. The section of road will be opened again at the end of each day.
We’re encouraging heavy traffic to use Taylor Street and Vogel Street. Normal commuters have a number of detour options but we suggest avoiding Taylor Street and Bowen Street where minor road improvements are also underway.
We apologise for the inconvenience, we’re aiming to have the road opened as quick as possible.
We asked the community for feedback on some key design decisions. Feedback closed on 3 August 2016. Results showed the community were supportive of the historic gates moving, wanted a feature tree on the roundabout and preferred the median strips to be a mixture of hard paving, gardeens and grass.
Read all about the decisions in the newspaper spread - It's all go in Cambridge.
The roundabout will feature a Japanese Maple tree in the middle and a band of paving around the outside.
Lake Te Ko Utu gates
The Lake Te Ko Utu gates were gifted to the community by the Cambridge Domain Board Committee in honour of Thomas Wells, the board chairman who helped develop the domain and Lake Te Ko Utu. The gates were originally commissioned to mark the entrance to the park.
We're moving the gates so they are more accessible to the community and appreciated, framing great viewpoints such as the St Andrews Anglican Church.
Also featured near Lake Te Ko Utu is a 13m high cross that was erected by a number of local church groups. The cross will not be moved or altered in anyway as part of this project.
Moving the gates to this location will create an entry point and frame the St Andrews Anglican Church.
The landscape at the top of Lake Te Ko Utu is open and spacious, featuring some large important trees in grassed areas. We plan to continue this look by returning some of Lake Street back to grass.
The changes to the intersection means we can create a space that could become a perfect area for community activities - possibly a market, a sculpture park and a picnic area.
It will also eventually include a cycleway and pathway to the CBD.
Closing Lake Street also encourages a direct route for traffic through our main street and past our shops. It will also create new car park spaces.
We're installing median strips that will run along Victoria Road and Queen Street.
These are being installed to make the road safer and include breaks for pedestrians to safely use while crossing the road.
We want to make sure appropriate lighting is used in the area. Lighting not only makes spaces safer, it also has an impact on how a space looks.
We are including lights that are a bit more stylish than the standard street lights and ones that suit the surrounding areas. For example on the median strips, we are using lights that are 7.5m high so they will sit under the tree canopy and we're using uplighting to emphasise some of the special features such as the Lake Te Ko Utu gates and significant trees.
We're also using pedestrian lighting to illuminate footpaths around the area.
Trees are important to Cambridge - they are part of our character and beautify our towns.
Trees have been a major consideration to the project design and where possible we have tried to design around them.
Eleven trees will need to be removed to accommodate changes to the road layout. The trees being removed are not protected and are generally the smaller ones in the area, they include cherry, maple arbutus and rowan varieties.
We'll be planting fourteen new trees as part of the project design. We're also landscaping the new recreation area and pathways. One protected tree was consented for removal as part of the Lakewood development. This was a female Gingko which wasn't suited to the urban environments and which would have created amenity issues in the future (while the gingko is an attractive-looking tree, it drops fruit which becomes smelly and makes footpaths very slippery).