Totara Valley Road Services Extension

Totara Valley Road aerial

(Above: Totara Valley Road. Click on the image to open a larger version.)

Our Council is extending infrastructure up Totara Valley Road, which is just to the south of the main Thames township.

In three stages, the road will be widened and improved, and stormwater, drinking water and wastewater (the three waters) infrastructure will also be improved and extended up the length of the road.

This work will allow for housing growth in the area in the immediate short term, helping to alleviate the identified housing shortage in Thames. It aligns with the Thames and Surrounds Spatial Plan, which has identified areas in the Thames Ward where housing and commercial development could occur.

Stage One - already underway. Expected completion by end of 2022.

The stormwater culvert under Ngāti Maru Highway (State Highway 25) was upgraded from a single 1200mm pipe to triple 1200mm pipes. This addresses potential flooding issues at the foot of Totara Valley Road. Utility infrastructure provided by Chorus has been relocated and Powerco's is currently being undergrounded. 

In early October 2022, work to install a turning bay from Ngāti Maru Highway into Totara Valley Road will begin and is expected to be completed by Christmas 2022. This will involve stop-go traffic management and potentially brief road closures to allow heavy machinery to work.

Negotiations with landowners along Totara Valley Road are underway to acquire slivers of land needed to widen the road and allow three waters services to be installed or upgraded.

Stage Two - Expected completion June 2023.

Totara Valley Road will be widened and three waters services extended from Ngāti Maru Highway to Sawmill Road 

Stage Three - Expected completion June 2024.

Totara Valley Road will be widened from Sawmill Road to the end, and three waters services extended along this section.