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Footpaths, berms, street lights and bridges

Council is responsible for approximately 665km of roads, 765km of footpaths and more than a million square metres of berms around the city. We also manage and maintain 12,000 street lights 14,000 road signs and 11 vehicle bridges.

Footpaths

Footpaths are for people and it is the adjacent residents responsibility to keep any trees, shrubs or plants on their boundary clear of the footpath so pedestrians can get past easily and safely. If any clearance work needs doing the contractor will drop a leaflet in the residents letter box requesting the clearance to be done. (As at March 2012 this had a success rate of about 85%.)

Council inspects all footpaths in the City annually to check for overgrowth. Street trees are trimmed as required and where leaving leaflets with residents is not appropriate the contractor will clear any vegetation back to the edge of the footpath and to a height of 2.4 m for overhanging vegetation such as trees. Where the limbs on the vegetation are thicker than 25 mm the concern will be referred to the City Arborist.

Tauranga City Council spends:

  • approximately $220,000 annually on repairs and maintenance of existing footpaths
  • approximately $250,000 on footpath cleaning, predominately in city centre and retail areas

Footpath repairs will be done either if there is a 25 mm lip (usually caused by tree roots), or there is a piece missing which could catch the heel of a ladies dress shoe. If the footpath is cracked or worn but it is safe it will not be repaired.

Repairs generally take about a fortnight to be done from the time that they are marked, but this can change depending on the amount of work that is programmed at the time, and if there are problems with the roots from an adjacent tree.

Berms

Grass berms and verges are generally on Council owned land. Council encourages residents to mow the berms outside their property, which not only helps keep our city looking tidy but also helps keep rates down.

Council's policy is to mow berms when they get to 300mm high. If you wish to discuss this policy and how it effects you please call us on 07 577 7000 for more information.

Berms and verges information (75kb pdf)

Planting the verge outside your property

Occasionally Council will allow residents to plant the verge outside their property.  This is on condition that the resident takes responsibility for ongoing maintenance and either ensures the next owners take over that responsibility or that the verge is returned to grass when the property is sold.

To apply for permission to plant the berm outside your property please contact Council.

Use of public space and property Policy (16kb pdf)

Streetlights

Call Council on 07 577 7000 and we will arrange for a contractor to repair it, alternatively, you can use the Antenno app to report faults. Please give a good description of the location of the light, such as a street address, and a description of the problem because the contractor will repair it during the day when the lights are not going and will not be able to see what is wrong.

Some faults can re-occur at any time due to external influences like rain, creating cable faults below ground. The faults may not exist in-between periods of rain so may not be found when initially visited. If our contractors attend to a street lighting fault and determine that it is a cable fault, Council are unable to fix these cables as they are owned by the regional electricity distributors. Faults of this nature are generally, in most instances, where multiple lights are out. Council’s contractors will refer these faults to the regional electricity distributors, once they have established that the fault is a cable fault. Council are unable to influence restoration times for cables to be fixed.

Streetlights that are on during the day, also known as day-burners, have missed the signal that’s sent to switch them off. Council may attend to these day-burning lights but they are not a priority and will often resolve themselves the next day. Council pay a fixed charge for lighting so it doesn’t cost us extra for them to be on during the day. Priorities are higher for streets that don’t have lighting and for lighting that is requiring maintenance.

Council has a programme to upgrade street lighting in the city to new LED lighting. To check which streets are scheduled for work check out our project web page for further information.

It may be possible to modify the light fitting to reduce the amount of light 'spill' onto private property but not in every case. Please contact Council for assistance and our contractors will visit to see if we can make any appropriate alterations.

Lights in private lanes or right of ways are owned by the properties down the lane. Power and repair charges are the responsibility of the property owners. You will need to contact an electrical contractor for assistance.

Public access ways are not a Council responsibility to light, although we try to illuminate both approaches to the accessway. If you feel strongly that the access way that you use should be lit, please use the Long Term Plan consultation period to enter a submission for this to be considered by Council.

Bridges

Tauranga City Council owns and maintains 12 bridges throughout the city. The longest is the Chapel Street bridge at 134m. The shortest bridge is the Oropi Road Bridge south of SH29 at 13m long.

Bridge inspection is carried out annually from which maintenance requirements are identified and repairs carried out. Additionally, there are New Zealand Transport Agency owned State Highway bridges, including the longest bridge and the harbour bridge at 480m long. Harbour Link is the name of Tauranga’s Harbour Bridge and it is also part of the state highway network, the first bridge was opened in 1988 and the second bridge was opened in 2009.  

The bridge clearance level is 9.5m from the high spring tide water level to the apex of the bridge. 


Last Reviewed: 02/08/2019
 

 
 

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