Call for safe walkways in Tamahere goes to government

The need for walking and cycling routes in Tamahere that are safe from State Highway 1 traffic has been put directly to the government.

Earlier this month, Tamahere Community Committee (TCC) member James Yearsley put the case for an underpass from Devine Rd under the SH1 on-ramp to Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee.

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New link road to open

Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the new road between Devine and Airport roads, will be open from Monday, December 15.

Named in honour of the Ngati Haua chief and peacemaker who is Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, the road will be blessed by Ngati Haua to ensure the safe passage of people who use it.

After months of rough roads and stop/go controls the welcome opening of Wiremu Tamihana Drive means there will no longer be access to Airport Road from Newell Road and vice versa.

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Progress good on new road

Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the new road being constructed between Airport and Devine Roads, is progressing well despite wet weather.

From later this month until late August, contractors Fulton Hogan will be widening Airport Rd at the intersection with Wiremu Tamihana Drive to allow for slip lanes, reported the Waikato District Council in its latest update.

When the road is completed in December it will bring about a number of changes, including the closure of the right hand turn from Devine Rd down the SH 1 on-ramp.

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Link road gets underway

Construction of a new, 470m road linking Devine and Airport roads gets underway this month.

The initial work on the $2.5million contract, being undertaken by Fulton Hogan for the Waikato District Council, won’t have a direct effect on traffic movement as it’s based on council land currently used for grazing from Devine Rd north of Tamahere School to Airport Rd, near Regal Haulage.

The final 25m wide corridor will include a two-lane road plus berms, plus a parking and maneuvering area, said the council in the first newsletter of a series designed to inform locals about the project.

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New road triggers major change

A contract to build a new road linking Devine and Airport Roads is expected to get underway within two weeks, triggering a number of far reaching changes in Tamahere.

The $2.5 million contract, to be undertaken by Fulton Hogan, includes not only the 470m link road but carparks for future sports fields at the long heralded village hub, changes to the Devine Rd-SH1 on-ramp intersection, and a new-style intersection at the other end of Devine Rd where it joins Newell Rd.

The contract also covers alterations to Airport Rd, allowing for slip or deceleration lanes, at the link road intersection and, most far reaching of all, the closure of Newell Rd at Airport Rd.

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Go slow on school access cut: TCC

Road access to Tamahere School and the community centre could be significantly compromised if the left turn on to Devine Rd from the SH1 on-ramp is prematurely cut, says the Tamahere Community Committee.

The committee made its concerns known in a submission on the Waikato District Council’s resource consent application for a proposed road linking Devine and Airport roads.

The proposed closure of the left turn access to Devine Rd has been made somewhat obscurely in the plans for the link road.

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New road takes unexpected turn

Significant changes to the way Tamahere people can drive to and from Tamahere School in the future could be around the corner.

The Waikato District Council proposes to stop drivers turning left into Devine Rd from the State Highway on-ramp as well as stop the right turn from Devine Rd back on to the on-ramp.

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WDC buys Devine Rd property

The Waikato District Council has bought the Witehira property at 61 Devine Rd as part of plans for the central Tamahere village hub.

Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes described the $800,000 purchase as a “strategic piece of land for the community.” The around 1ha property adjoins Tamahere School and the around 9ha of council-owned land from Devine Rd to Airport Rd, which includes the Tamahere Community Centre.

“The purchase was initiated as a result of community feedback last year on ideas for a central hub, including a piazza and a cricket oval,” Hayes said.

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