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Durham Street and Durham Lane

We are revitalising Durham Street (the section between Elizabeth Street and Spring Street) and Durham Lane as part of our work to create a vibrant and successful city centre. 

Working in with the build of the new University of Waikato campus we will be upgrading the street and laneway to create a modern, inviting space for everyone including new students coming to the city. 

Community feedback has influenced the design, particularly in terms of greening the street and having more seating.  The key themes are reflected in the concept design - a green street with trees and rain gardens, narrower road, and a raised road so it is level with the footpath for improved pedestrian movements and accessibility.

We will also be upgrading the infrastructure on the street including the wastewater system and water filtration to decrease pollutants entering the harbour.

The southern end of Durham St has been designed to allow for a proposed city bus interchange. A decision is yet to made on the final location of the bus interchange so Stage Two of the street upgrade will depend on the outcome of this decision.

What’s involved? 

We are planning to get started late May 2018 with construction contractors on board. This project is expected to take 12-18 months until completion. 

First we will be replacing the sewer line on a small part of Spring Street (between Grey Street and Durham Street), and then replacing the sewer line along Durham Street (from Spring Street to Elizabeth Street).

Around July this year, we expect to start Stage 1 of the street and laneway upgrade work. The second stage of work (Stage 2) will be dependent on the decision for a city centre bus interchange. One of the proposals is to locate the interchange on the southern end of Durham Street, we will keep you informed on this.

Last Reviewed: 25/01/2019

Project weekly updates

Durham Street project update - Friday, 15 March 2019

Posted: 18 March 2019

This past week, Fulton Hogan received some wonderful compliments around the kindness and helpfulness of the traffic management team.

Durham Street Project Update - Friday, 8 March 2019

Posted: 08 March 2019

The Durham Street and Durham Lane upgrade has been a complex project full of surprises. From archaeological findings such as evidence of Maori-era storage pits, to the relocation of services that have not been touched in many years, there have been numerous twists and turns.

Durham Street project update - Friday, 1 March 2019

Posted: 01 March 2019

We are continuing to find archaeological items of interest in our excavations. To reduce the impact these findings have on the excavation progress, we now have an archaeologist on site.  

Durham Street project update - Friday, 22 February 2019

Posted: 25 February 2019

Orientation week for the University of Waikato starts next week and we are happy to announce that we have completed the pedestrian access from Spring Street to the entrance of the university building.

Durham Street project update - Friday, 15 February 2019

Posted: 18 February 2019

We will be shifting the traffic travelling on Durham Street through the Durham Street/Spring S­­treet intersection onto the new concrete pavement.

Durham Street project update - Friday, 1 February 2019

Posted: 01 February 2019

It is only a matter of time until Durham Street is filled with the hustle and bustle of students and staff of the University of Waikato.

Do you want to stay in the loop with this project?

Contact us to join our mailing list for the Durham Street and Durham Lane Construction hoc@tauranga.govt.nz.


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