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.

February 2020 Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham to Little Karaka Bay More Less

Work on the section of new walking and biking paths between Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham and Little Karaka Bay is under way and is expected to be completed in May 2020. 

26 November 2019: Overnight road closures on bays route More Less

Part of the eastern bays route around Ōmarukaikuru/Pt Jerningham will be closed to traffic overnight for several nights while a crane is used to lift precast concrete panels into place for the new seawalls being built here:

  • from 7pm until 6am
  • on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and possibly Thursday 28 November
  • on Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Parade, between Carlton Gore Road and Maida Vale Road.
What to expect
  • The number 24 bus will be diverted through Hataitai via Carlton Gore Road and Grafton Road – please check Metlink for details.
  • The bus stop at the bottom of Carlton Gore Road on the seaward side will be closed, and some parking here will be out of action. 
  • People on foot or on bikes can still use the bays route but will have to be escorted through the site as the footpath and cycle lane on the seaward side will be closed.
  • Evans Bay Parade residents will still be able to get to their properties by car from the Maida Vale Road end.
  • Traffic on Oriental Bay will be diverted to Carlton Gore Road and Maida Vale Road. If you don’t have to go this way please consider using another route such as the Mt Victoria Tunnel.
  • The bottom of Carlton Gore Road will also be closed at times for a few minutes while the crane and large trucks are moved in and out of the work site.
  • If there are strong winds, the work will be delayed until Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 December.

23 April 2019 Construction gets under way More Less

The construction of new sections of seawall, improved public spaces, and the first 800m of a new two-way bike path will be under way near Point Jerningham from Tuesday 23 April:

  • Construction contractor Downer will start work on Oriental Parade near the intersection of Carlton Gore Road. 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.

11 April 2019 Blessing ahead of construction starting More Less

Iwi representatives from Taranaki Whānui will bless the site at Ōmarukaikuru/Point Jerninham near where construction work will start.

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter will attend, with the Mayor, Councillors and NZ Transport Agency.

8 March 2018: Evans Bay bike path approved by Councillors More Less

Project in development: Two-way bike path

Councillors on the City Strategy Committee approved phase 1 of the proposed two-way bike path and related changes for Evans Bay at a meeting on 8 March 2018.

The bike path, between Carlton Gore Road and Greta Point, will be a major recreational drawcard for the city, and provide a high-quality connection with the eastern suburbs. It will link to the Cobham Drive bike path now under construction, and to other new bike paths soon to be developed in Kilbirnie and to Newtown.

What's next?

The next stage of this project is to complete the detailed designs, including revised plans to widen the six narrowest sections so the footpath, bike path and traffic lanes can be a consistent width all the way, develop construction plans, and carry out an independent safety audit. We expect construction to start in the first half of 2019 and will be in touch with the local community before work starts.