Construction of the Wansbeck Street extension and the new Walking & Cycling track that will connect Oamaru township to the Penguin Colony will commence early January 2010. The project will cost approximately $788,000. NZTA will provide a subsidy of 67% (approximately $528,000).
A key feature of this construction is the proposed new road, a 185 metre extension of Wansbeck Street connecting the heritage precinct on Tyne Street to the Harbour and Penguin Colony. The new road will be a significant link for visitors and businesses and provide easy access to the Penguin Colony.
The end goal of the development is to provide a zone that promotes the ongoing protection of the harbourside’s heritage, provides for the introduction of new buildings and activities, and enhances the pedestrian access and vibrancy of the area. Other improvements include parking on Wansbeck Street, improved parking on Marine Parade and traffic and pedestrian safety measures.
The extension of Wansbeck Street was reviewed in terms of its benefits. A feasibility study has been completed by Projenz and a Land Transport NZ (LTNZ) economic evaluation has been undertaken.
The Walking & Cycling track will run from the current walkway near the old Rail Bridge linking along to the existing walkway on Marine Parade and a new walk/cycle way along Waterfront Road. The track will be 1.3km long and 2.2m wide with a gravel surface.