Project timeline and construction updates

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

18 August 2019 Slip lane permanent closure

The left-turning slip lane on Cobham Drive, adjacent to St Patrick’s College at the Evans Bay Parade intersection, is being closed to traffic permanently following a three-month trial earlier this year.

Starting on Sunday 18 August, the work will be completed over three consecutive nights. It includes moving two signal poles and installing a new signal pole to make the left-hand turn at the lights easier for buses. Contractors will start by excavating the area of the slip lane in preparation for laying a new kerb.

This change will make things safer and easier for pedestrians and people on bikes crossing Cobham Drive to or from the Evans Bay Parade two-way bike path. The existing signalised crossing will have an added facility for bikes. Drivers can still turn left into Evans Bay Parade at the traffic lights. 

12 August 2019 Landscaping work under way near Evans Bay Marina

  • As part of the project, improvements are being made to make the little beach area next to the Evans Bay marina more attractive and easier to get to.
  • A path and decked area with seats will be built adjacent to the beach to provide space for people to enjoy. It will also provide a link through to the Evans Bay marina car park and wharf area.
  • All the pohutakawa trees in the area will remain but five of the trees will be carefully repositioned  as part of the landscaping work.
  • This will allow the new paths to be better aligned with the ways people naturally move through this area now, and provide the space required to make the improvements adjacent to the beach.
  • Tree specialists Treescape will be moving the trees starting this week.
  • There will be some preparatory work going on around some of the trees from Monday 12 August.  A crane will be used to lift  the trees into their new positions.

21 July 2019: Traffic changes between the two roundabouts More Less

Work on the new paths will be happening closer to the road from now on, so there will be changes to the road layout on the harbourside of Cobham Drive between the Troy Street and Calabar Road roundabouts.

Through this section, the two airport-bound lanes will be a little narrower than usual, the road shoulder will be out of action, and the speed limit will be reduced from 70km/h to 50km/h. These changes are required to keep the contractors, people on foot and bikes, and other road users safe.  People walking or riding should use the temporary shared route and ramps provided, follow signs and take extra care.

For safety reasons, the narrower lanes and 50km/h speed limit will be required on the seaward side of the road where work is happening until the project is finished in mid-2020. The barriers and area affected will shift as the work progresses.

The city-bound traffic lanes are unaffected by this project and the speed limit will remain at 70km/h.

Weather permitting, the temporary lane markings will be painted overnight on Sunday 21 July and the water-filled barriers installed the following night. Eastbound traffic will be down to one lane from about 8pm to 5.30am while this work happens.

15 May 2019: Construction resumes on the walking and biking paths More Less

Construction resumes on the walking and biking paths along Cobham Drive. The work is expected to take about a year to complete. Contractors will start by setting up their main site office on the grassed area near the Zephyrometer wind sculpture and the marina. This area will then be fenced off.

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2 April 2019 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, is closed to traffic for a three-month trial.

The closure is part of looking at how this intersection can be made safer for people walking and biking. We're working with the NZ Transport Agency to see if there are any effects on traffic using Cobham Drive.

Drivers can still turn left into Evans Bay Parade at the traffic lights.

If this change is made permanent, it will connect to the 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.