Williams Road Pedestrian Crossing

The main goals of this project were to create a safe crossing for pedestrians at the intersection of Williams and Marsden Road and to beautify the gardens in the area. It was decided that a pedestrian crossing approximately 5 metres in from Marsden Road would significantly increase safety. Additional seating would make the area a perfect place to linger.

West side of Williams rd before
West side of Williams rd before
East side of Willams rd before
East side of Willams rd before

 As with most projects, preliminary work was done in the weeks leading up to a weekend sprint. In this case, existing gardens were stripped and new plots created. Concrete was poured to create the new pathway, and additional old totara posts were installed.

New footpath west Williams rd
New footpath west Williams rd
New footpath east side Williams rd
New footpath east side Williams rd

 On the late July sprint weekend, a small team of phantom gardeners braved winter weather, planting over 100 natives. A Queen Palm, donated for the east side garden, was installed (plants that size aren’t just planted!).  Additional bench seating was built; existing seating was spruced up. In August, rope from the HMS Canterbury was donated and used to form railings at the crossing.

Queen palm is installed
A little to the left!
The planting team
Everyone chips in to plant the new garden
Installing rope at Williams road
Installing rope at Williams road

The perfect last addition to this central meeting area in town was a designated parking lot for bicycles.  Three loop-de-loop bike stands were purchased and installed in the first car park on the West side of Williams Road.

After the 21July sprint
Whew! A big accomplishment and cause for celebration

 

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