Kaiapoi East - New Road Link

Let's Do!

The Council is planning the new road link between Feldwick Drive and Cass Street in Kaiapoi East.

Background

The Recovery Plan included a new road link between Feldwick Drive and Cass Street. We understand that residents have spent a long time with difficult road conditions and are keen to see permanent repairs made. The approval of the Recovery Plan means that this is now possible and Council is eager to get the new road underway.

The purpose of the new road is to:

  • Improve access for Kaiapoi East residents
  • Create a low speed and attractive environment
  • Enable walking and cycling
  • Provide access to new reserves.

While we are progressing the new road we are also working with Land Information New Zealand to secure the land to build the road.

New Road 

The new road will connect Feldwick Drive (near Gray Crescent), via Bracebridge Street, to Cass Street. The new road will pass along the boundary of Gray Crescent Reserve and the other new reserves.

Jones Street will be repaired later when the design of Cass Street and the mixed use business area is known. This could include a new roundabout at Jones and Cass Street.

The new road will be 6-7m wide, with one lane in each direction. Where the new road meets Gray Crescent, Bracebridge Street, and Oram Place ‘T’ intersections are proposed.

At each of the new intersections there may be a change in road surface (for example pavers). At the entrance to Gray Crescent, Bracebridge Street and Oram Place a raised platform is proposed.

A 3.0m wide shared footpath is planned on one side of the street (next to the new sport and recreation reserve). A mix of shallow grass swales and kerb and channel are proposed for stormwater drainage.

Parking is provided on both sides of the new road. On the southern side, angle parking is proposed. On the northern side, parallel parking is proposed. This parking could be used by people visiting the reserves.

Trees will be planted on both sides of the road. During the consultation (see Community Feedback below) on the design of the new road link between Feldwick Drive and Cass Street we received some feedback on what trees might be planted.  Construction of the new road link is expected to be completed next year and street trees will be planted in the next planting season after construction is finished.  We will be seeking feedback from the community on the tree species in the future.

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Timing 

The construction of the new road link is expected to start in January 2018 and be finished in August 2018.

Other infrastructure works

A new water trunk main (underground pipe) will be installed in the roads along the northern edge of the Kaiapoi East Regeneration Area from Williams Street to Beach Road. This water main will replace abandoned mains and provide a more reliable and resilient water supply. It will also improve the fire-fighting capacity for the area. These works will start in May 2017.

New and replacement sewer mains (underground pipes) will be installed to service properties north of the Kaiapoi East Regeneration Area. A new wastewater pump station will also be built on Feldwick Drive near Gray Crescent. These works will greatly improve the reliability of the wastewater system, and it will no longer rely on damaged sewer pipes that pass through the regeneration area. These works are expected to start in June 2017.

Council will also be undertaking some minor road works. This includes installing turning heads at Moore Street (near Shiels Place) and at Blackwell Crescent (near Gray Crescent Reserve). This will make these no-through roads. These works are expected to start in August 2017.

Community Feedback 

We asked for community feedback on the roading design from 2 May to 24 May 2017.

We received seven written submissions (from eleven people), and twenty nine people attended two community drop-in talk meetings. In summary;

One written submission directly supported the new road link, stating they preferred the new road link to Cass Street rather than Charles Street.
Three written submissions directly supported the roading design, noting specific concerns about the tree species, raised platforms and road narrowing.

Nineteen people (includes written submissions and commenters at the community meetings) neither directly supported or opposed the roading design, but raised concerns covering; roading design, wastewater pump station, trees, sport and recreation reserve.

You can read the consultation feedback and the staff response here:

Consultation Feedback (pdf, 254.5 KB)