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Roading and Transport

No excuse for dangerous driving at road work sites

Sadly, we’ve heard that incidents of abuse to road work crews or dangerous driving through work sites has been increasing. There is no excuse for this.
 |  Mayor len salt  | 

Road crews working on both local Council roads and the state highway network in the Coromandel are there to work on roads damaged from last year’s storms and to make the roads less vulnerable to future storm damage. The awful weather we had at the beginning of 2023 may be receding in memory, but the effects have a very long tai with which we are still dealing.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA/Waka Kotahi) has just put out a video featuring their road crews working on our Coromandel state highways explaining just how important it is that drivers slow down when they’re going through a road work site.

Check it out, it’s on the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Waikato BoP Facebook page.

Now that summer is over, our Council contractors as well as the NZTA crews are resuming all that recovery road work that took a bit of a pause over the peak visitor period. There are multiple work sites on the NZTA state highway network in the Coromandel and on our local council roads and this will be ongoing for many more months. Plan for delays, slow down at the work sites, allow a bit of extra time for your journey. And please be nice to the crews.

Some interesting data has come out recently about visitor numbers and spending on the Coromandel for the summer just past.

We estimate that between 250,000-300,000 people visited the Coromandel between 25 December 2023 and 5 January 2024, the 12 days that are considered the main peak period and are the busiest time of the year. At the peak of this peak, from Christmas to New Year’s, there would have been about 125,000 people in the district on any given day. Our usual resident population is approximately 32,000 people.

Accommodation providers reported full bookings for this period. $56 million was spent in the district in January, up $10m from January 2023. No surprise there, but we’re grateful for the good weather that meant visitors weren’t deterred from spending their time, and money, here.

All-in-all a pretty ‘normal’ summer, and our Council services generally held up really well. This doesn’t happen by accident. It’s because of the planning the Council team put in ahead of summer alongside emergency services and partner agencies like NZTA and the Department of Conservation, and the staff and contractors who worked through the Christmas/New Year period to keep things running.

Finally, there have been lots of articles and letters to the editor of this newspaper about our Council’s draft Long Term Plan (LTP). To get the full, accurate data and information though, it’s best to go to our LTP pages on our website, or get copies of all the documents available at our offices and libraries. It’s great to see a high level of engagement in this vital planning process. Our draft LTP is open for public feedback until Monday 8 April.

Go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/LTP-2024-2034 and follow the steps to have your say on our proposed budgets and project priorities.