Big changes are coming to Mangorei Road, starting with a $1.6 million car park being constructed at the top next to the entrance to the Mangorei Track (which links to the Pouakai Crossing).
Construction will take place from Monday 8 October to just before Christmas. There will be room for private cars and buses, and a public toilet will also be installed.
The project is being funded with $709,000 from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund and $849,000 from NPDC. This is on top of a $3.4 million Government investment in the iconic Pouakai Crossing.
Road closure and shuttle buses
The Mangorei Track will remain open during construction but Mangorei Road will be closed from the Westown Golf Course to the track’s entrance from 7am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays. Mangorei Road residents will continue to have access.
NPDC will be running free shuttle buses from the golf club’s car park on weekdays and the road will be open to all vehicles on weekends. The free shuttle buses leave the Westown Golf Club car park every two hours, starting at 7am, with the final scheduled bus leaving at 5pm. The bus will also take visitors outside of these times as demand requires
Road safety improvement.
Phase two of the developments will see Mangorei Road being widened up to the new car park at the end of the road. This is to make the road safe for two-way traffic.
The improvements include:
- From Property No.1524 to Morgans Road: 6m wide sealed carriageway, plus 2x 300mm unsealed shoulders.
- From Morgans Road to end of Mangorei Rd: 5.5m wide seal carriageway plus 2x 300mm unsealed shoulders
Additional widening is planned at the horizontal curves also to allow for safer vehicle tracking, as well as earthworks benching at select locations along the route to achieve improved forward visibility.
The majority of the planned works are within Council-owned road reserves.
- Construction of the new car park and toilets begins on Monday 8 October.
- Detailed designs of the road widening work are nearing completion. Our intention is to award the construction contract prior to the end of 2018, with construction commencing on site in early 2019.
- Residents and key stakeholders will be kept advised of progress