The closed section of Dalton St in Napier this week, looking towards the crossing remodelling at Emerson St. Photo / Paul Taylor
Napier CBD motorists are enduring short-term confusion for long-term gain as a 30-year-old pedestrian dilemma is rectified.
The removal of the twin Emerson St crossings at Dalton St is one of several projects testing motorists’ patience, and putting strain on CBD parking.
The crossings will be replaced by a central single crossing, under construction during closure of the main shopping the Dalton St-Clive Square sector of Emerson St.
Dalton St, from Emerson St to Dickens St, is also closed to traffic.
Work started on Monday replacing pavers with asphalt at the Dalton St/Emerson St intersection and is expected to be finished early next week.
Other work in the streets includes the installation of Napier’s new “pay by plate” parking meter system, which the Napier City Council says has been completed.
Work on underground drainage infrastructure has been running simultaneously.
Electricity company Unison Networks is also installing underground cabling in the CBD.
The project is expected to be completed late next month, with what the company says is minimal disruption, without road closures.
The NCC also says some resurfacing road work will take place around Clive Square East next week.
The current CBD work has limited some parking in the city, exacerbating fringe parking issues in nearby streets.
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