Keep up to date with how projects are going, and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.

December 2018 Trial slip lane closure More Less

The left-turning slip lane on Cobham Drive, adjacent to St Patrick’s College at the Evans Bay Parade intersection, will be closed to traffic for a three-month trial - the start date is yet to be confirmed.

Wellington City Council is working with the NZ Transport Agency on closing the slip lane as part of looking at how this intersection can be made safer for people walking and biking.

The closure will be trialled to see if there are any effects on traffic using Cobham Drive.

During the closure, the slip lane will be blocked off to vehicles with a mountable kerb and artificial grass. Drivers will still be able to turn left into Evans Bay Parade at the traffic signals.

There will be a clear path across the closed-off lane for people walking or biking to or from the signalised crossings over Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade.

If this change is made permanent, it would be done in early 2019 as part of constructing a new two-way bike path on the St Patrick’s College side of Evans Bay Parade, between Cobham Drive and Kilbirnie Crescent. It would also connect to new walking and biking paths on Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade north into the central city.

14 May 2018 Night work to install new lights starts

Night work to install new energy efficient LED street lighting is getting under way on Cobham Drive.

The existing old poles need to come out so the new pathways can be developed, but first, the new lights need to be installed and operational. These will be going in along the grass median strip in the centre of the road.

The work involves drilling and installing new ducting for the lighting cables, excavating and pouring the concrete foundations for the poles, and then installing the new poles and lights. The poles will have fittings for street banners, and outreach arms on both sides to light the whole road and the pathways either side.

The road will be reduced to one lane on the seaward side where the work is happening, so to minimise disruption, work will be carried out at nights, Sunday to Thursday, 7pm–5.30am. The work on the median will be done in sections over the next four months, starting from the Evans Bay Parade end.

Downers completed wider new walking and biking paths at the eastern end of Cobham Drive between the Calabar Road roundabout and Shelly Bay Road late last year. Work on the harbour side to develop the paths and transform the next section between Evans Parade and Calabar Road will start in about a month’s time.

26 September 2017 Construction work starts More Less

Contractors have made a start at the eastern end of Cobham Drive, alongside the old Aberdeen Quay seawall, to shift the kerb to make space for the 3m bike path and 2m footpath.

The footpath, to be constructed of exposed aggregate, will be alongside the seawall, with the asphalt bike path closest to the road.

This first stage of the project will focus on the area between Calabar Road roundabout and Miramar Wharf. Contractors will start by re-marking the painted median and moving the raised median islands further across Cobham Drive towards the hill so the kerb by the seawall can be extended by 2m.

Traffic management will be in place and people walking and biking will still be able to use the route. Parking spaces in this area will be cordoned off and any cars parked there will be towed nearby. Owners of towed vehicles can phone the Council's Contact Centre on 04 499 4444.

The work on this section is expected to be finished by Christmas, including resealing the road.

Meanwhile, work is continuing on detailed designs for the next stage of the project, which will include:

  • installing new street lighting poles along Cobham Drive - most of these will be located in the central medians. This will allow the overhead trolley bus cable poles and kerbside street light poles to be removed
  • building the next section of the bike path and footpath between Evans Bay Parade and Calabar Road roundabout
  • landscaping for pause points along the route
  • an improved crossing for pedestrians and bikes at the Evans Bay Parade/Cobham Drive intersection.

4 September 2017 Sod-turning More Less

The Minister of Transport, Hon Simon Bridges, and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester turned the first sod on the Cobham Drive cycleway to mark the start of construction.

23 June 2017 Cobham Drive proposal approved by Councillors More Less

Councillors on the City Strategy Committee approved the proposed changes to the shared path along Cobham Drive.

Detailed planning is under way and construction will start in September/October 2017.