What to expect during construction

The development of the two-way bike path around Akau Tangi / Evans Bay between Carlton Gore Road on Oriental Bay and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) at Greta Point is a major project that will take about two years. The first section around Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham (highlighted on the map below) is expected to take about 10 months.


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  • A 30km/h speed limit will be in place at all times where work is happening.
  • Between 9am and 4pm, traffic will be down to one lane through the work zone most of the time.
  • Temporary traffic lights will operate at these times.
  • Outside these hours, including at peak times, traffic lanes will operate as normal in both directions.
  • The work site and construction fences mean the traffic lanes will be narrower than usual, which is why the 30km/h speed limit will be in place at all times.
  • Weekend work is possible at times.
  • It will take longer to travel through this area particularly 9am to 4pm, so take another route if you can or allow extra time.
  • Large vehicles and goods trucks that can’t use the Mt Victoria Tunnel will still be able to use the route.
  • People will be able to walk, run and bike through this area at all times, but will need to take extra care.
  • The existing on-road bike lanes will be out of action where work is happening, so people on bikes will generally need to share the 30km/h section of road with other traffic.
  • Parking in the work area will be affected.
  • Bus stops will need to be temporarily relocated at times during the construction period.
  • Construction contractor Downer will start work on Oriental Parade near the intersection of Carlton Gore Road in late April 2019. Over about 10 months, they will work around Ōmarukaikuru/Point Jerningham to complete the landscaping and the first 800m of the two-way bike path and new footpath.
  • Contractors will be excavating down to the existing seawall foundations that were built in the 1930s so the new sections of seawall can be completed. The pre-cast concrete panels will be craned into place.
  • New sections of two-way bike path will gradually replace the existing narrow on-road bike lanes.
  • Construction of the new two-way bike path and separate footpath will continue in sections as far as the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) at Greta Point.
  • Detailed designs for the areas between Ōmarukaikuru/Point Jerningham and NIWA are still in development. This will involve more discussion with local residents in some locations. 
  • New pedestrian crossings will be installed at Kio Bay and Balaena Bay.
  • Parking on the seaward side will be against a kerb, as now, with a .8m-1m-wide buffer between the kerb and the bike path to give people space for getting in and out of cars.
  • Bus stops on the seaward side will have a 1.5m-wide buffer between the kerb and bike path for people getting on and off buses.

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