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Hastings Street is in line for a facelift in the next stage of the ongoing CBD upgrade programme initiated by the Napier City Council several years ago.
The makeover is aimed at creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment for shoppers and visitors in downtown Napier, continuing a trend that has encouraged through traffic away from inner city streets.
Hastings Street has been divided into three sections for an upgrade to be staged over the next three years.
Work will start in May or June on the Vautier Street to Albion Street section. Albion Street to Tennyson Street will be targeted next year and the last section, from Tennyson Street to Browning Street, is to be completed in 2014.
Design elements will be similar to those used in upgrading Dickens Street and have been chosen to enhance the city’s distinctive architectural features. They include wider footpaths, tree planting, raised pedestrian plinths for crossing the road and a combination of parallel and angle parking.
The project has been planned so that stormwater pipes and other services in need of replacement will be installed when road works are underway.
Traffic priorities at the Vautier Street-Hastings Street intersection are to be changed to encourage motorists to use routes that skirt the increasingly pedestrian-orientated downtown area.
Advanced Scheme Plan - Hastings Street Redevelopment Version: pdf (701Kb)