We're upgrading the seaward side of Cobham Drive 

The seaward side of Cobham Drive is being upgraded to be a more attractive coastal recreation area. It will also make things safer and more enjoyable for people walking and biking along here, and the new paths will provide a better connection between the eastern suburbs and central city.

The major work is complete and contractors are making the finishing touches needed at the end of any big job like this. The last of the planting will happen in autumn.  

Cobham Drive construction map

cobham construction map

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  • Contractors will set up their main site office in the Evans Bay Marina car park.
  • A second site office will be set up at the car parking area near the Tower of Light wind sculpture and Troy Street roundabout.
  • Contractors will start at the Calabar Road end, from where the paths are already built, and continue towards the Troy Street roundabout.
  • The walking path (nearest to the sea) will be built first and then become a temporary shared path until the bike path is completed. 
  • At times, the traffic lanes on the seaward side will be narrowed with barriers placed in the shoulder and the speed limit reduced to 50km/h.
  • This is required to keep the contractors, people on foot and bikes, and other road users safe where work is happening close to the road.
  • Where the shoulder is out of action, and barriers are in place, people who choose to bike on the road will need to share the lane with the traffic through this section or use the temporary shared path.
  • As work is completed, and construction progresses, the barriers and 50km/h speed limit will shift further along Cobham Drive.
  • The city-bound lanes are unaffected by this project, and the speed limit will remain at 70km/h.
  • Construction fences and barriers will go up where the work is happening.
  • The car parking area near the Troy Street roundabout will be out of action for the duration of the project.
  • Kororā (little blue penguin) nests we have identified will be fenced off for now with plenty of space around them and safe access to and from the sea. These areas will be excavated by hand rather than machinery.
  • There will be protective fences along the coastal edge in some areas.
  • The wind sculptures will be fenced off. 
  • Work hours will generally be Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm. There may be some work done at night between 8pm and 5.30am.
  • Traffic management will be in place when required. This will include the 50km/h speed limit on the seaward-side traffic lanes where work is happening close to the road.
  • There will be safe arrangements for people on bikes and on foot around the work sites. Please keep bike speeds down, and take extra care.
  • Diggers, trucks and other machinery will be operating at times so expect some noise.