Work to start on SH35 rest stops

Tairawhiti Roads contractors will start work next week to upgrade seven rest areas along State Highway 35 between Gisborne and Opotiki, part of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan.

General manager Dave Hadfield said the $700,000 project was fully Crown-funded and would provide both safety and tourism benefits by allowing opportunities for travellers.

“The new rest areas will allow road users and tourists the chance to pull off the road and take a break while they appreciate our region’s stunning beauty and many natural attractions.

“The works are either enhancements and complement existing rest areas, or involve changing the use of older sites such as a paved area for heavy vehicles.”

The rest areas will be upgraded to provide a mix of fully serviced areas, picnic areas and laybys.

“Sites at the Tolaga Bay Reserve, Tokomaru Bay Playground, and Te Araroa will be upgraded to fully serviced rest areas,” Mr Hadfield said.

“Picnic areas will be installed at Makorori South and Tikitiki, and layby areas built at the Ruatoria and Anaura Bay turn-offs.”

The schedule of works was developed following a survey of existing sites, he said.

“It takes into consideration desired travel times between rest areas, as well as feedback from the community and our stakeholders.

“Each site will also feature an information board showcasing the region’s ‘first light’ branding, a brief history of the area and details about tourism attractions and local amenities.”

The contract for construction has been awarded to SiteWorx Civil.

“The rest areas are expected to be completed by the end of June.”

Tairawhiti Roads contractors will start work next week to upgrade seven rest areas along State Highway 35 between Gisborne and Opotiki, part of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan.

General manager Dave Hadfield said the $700,000 project was fully Crown-funded and would provide both safety and tourism benefits by allowing opportunities for travellers.

“The new rest areas will allow road users and tourists the chance to pull off the road and take a break while they appreciate our region’s stunning beauty and many natural attractions.

“The works are either enhancements and complement existing rest areas, or involve changing the use of older sites such as a paved area for heavy vehicles.”

The rest areas will be upgraded to provide a mix of fully serviced areas, picnic areas and laybys.

“Sites at the Tolaga Bay Reserve, Tokomaru Bay Playground, and Te Araroa will be upgraded to fully serviced rest areas,” Mr Hadfield said.

“Picnic areas will be installed at Makorori South and Tikitiki, and layby areas built at the Ruatoria and Anaura Bay turn-offs.”

The schedule of works was developed following a survey of existing sites, he said.

“It takes into consideration desired travel times between rest areas, as well as feedback from the community and our stakeholders.

“Each site will also feature an information board showcasing the region’s ‘first light’ branding, a brief history of the area and details about tourism attractions and local amenities.”

The contract for construction has been awarded to SiteWorx Civil.

“The rest areas are expected to be completed by the end of June.”

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