Manager of Project’s unit, Gareth Clayton, says the initial stage of the “Muri Road Improvement Project” will include master planning work for Ara Tapu, from the Avana Bridge, to the Nautilus Resort.
“In addition to addressing the transportation planning and road safety issues, this planning work will look to address the future upgrade of the streetscape, storm water drainage and treatment, pedestrian and cyclist facilities, parking as well community and tourist areas and improve access in Muri.”
Clayton says the aim of the planning is to identify options for consultation with the local community and stakeholders to improve the safety, accessibility and sustainability of the streetscape and community areas in Muri for locals, residents and tourists.
“The concept plan options for the redevelopment of Muri will serve as the starting point for community consultation on proposed future development.”
Government has also signalled its intention to progress a staged development of physical construction works relating to Ara Tapu within Muri, Clayton says.
“The first stage of the physical construction works is proposed to widen the existing road pavement in the central Muri village. (This will) provide improved traffic lane widths and sealed shoulders which will support pedestrian and cyclist use.”
Minor improvements to drainage and the removal of obstructions impacting on road safety within the road corridor will also be undertaken.
Construction will be subject to other infrastructure projects being undertaken in Muri including the commissioning of the water supply ring main (Te Mato Vai) and the proposed wastewater collection, treatment and disposal, he says.
“Funding for the master planning works has been made available as part of the Cook Islands Government’s 2017/18 budget. Funding is yet to be approved though Cabinet to undertake the first stage of the physical construction works.”
Key outcomes of the project will be improved access and an increased level of service for the road network, Clayton says.
- Chris Taylor/Release