An upgrade of Brightwater’s Ellis Street will begin later this year and is intended to make the main street through the village a safer and more attractive public space.

The total project budget is $1.9 million and the work will create a shared footpath for pedestrians and cyclists, traffic-calming islands to slow vehicle speeds and provide safer crossing areas, streetscaping including landscaping, plantings, street furniture and lighting, as well as stormwater improvements and the undergrounding of power lines to reduce skyline clutter.

Tasman District Council project manager Graham Rimmer says the work will soon go out for tender, with construction now likely to begin in November.

“It’s a big project and work will be ongoing until about September 2020, although the contractor will take a break over the Christmas period to reduce disruption at this busy time of year.

“We’ve had a great response from the Brightwater community, with Brightwater school, the Brightwater Community Association and residents getting involved with the early consultation on the upgrade plans. That has led to a street design that addresses some of the major community concerns around safety and will also recognise and celebrate the heritage and landscape characteristics of Brightwater.”

Materials have been selected for their relevance to the Wairoa River and the cultural heritage of Brightwater, as well as being locally sourced and durable, such as wood, river stones and weathered steel.

Heritage buildings and historic stories will be recognised through information panels and other streetscape elements, Graham says.

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