We're making improvements for people on foot and on bikes
These changes will make walking and biking safer and easier in Kilbirnie, with connections to Miramar, Newtown and the central city.
The first stage of this work, between Cobham Drive and Kilbirnie Crescent, will focus on the area along the front of St Patrick’s College and Kilbirnie Park on the opposite side of the road. We're starting here to get as much done as possible during the school holidays. All going well, we expect this first stage to take about two months.
Work on the remaining stretch of Evans Bay Parade, from Kilbirnie Crescent to Rongotai Road, including improvements at the Rongotai Road intersection, is likely to start in March 2019.
What’s changing - Cobham Drive to Kilbirnie Crescent:
- There will be a two-way 2.4m-wide bike path and separate 2–2.4m-wide footpath on the St Patrick’s College side of Evans Bay Parade, with a buffer between the bike path and the road.
- Kerbs will be moved to make room for the new paths, the bus stop opposite St Patrick’s College, and to retain car parking.
- A new bus shelter will be installed on the edge of Kilbirnie Park at the bus stop opposite the college. One pohutukawa tree will be removed to make room for the bus shelter (the tree is damaged and needs to come out).
- Traffic lanes will be 3.2m wide in most places.
- From the end of January, the left-turning slip lane from Cobham Drive into Evans Bay Parade will be blocked off to vehicles with a small kerb and artificial grass. Drivers will still be able to turn left into Evans Bay Parade at the traffic signals.
- We’re closing the slip lane for a three-month trial to see how this intersection can be safer for people walking and biking.
- If it’s decided to close the slip lane permanently, this would happen as part of the bike path construction.
What to expect during construction:
- Contractors are starting on the Kilbirnie Park side at the Cobham Drive end.
- At this stage they will be digging out the kerb and removing bollards along the edge of the park opposite the college. The kerb will be lowered to provide easy access to newly positioned car parking spaces.
- Parking adjacent to the park will be out of action while the work happens.
- The contractors will then move to the college side to widen the existing shared path to make room for the new bike path and footpath.
- Some parking will be affected on the college side while the work happens but will be reinstated as the work is completed.
- The contractors will provide 48 hours’ notice when street parking is to be affected and they need a section to be free of cars.
- The work may be noisy at times.
- Traffic management will be in place when required. This will include safe arrangements for people on bikes and on foot around the work site.
- Driveways will not be affected at this stage.
Contractors will be:
- Digging out old kerbs and gutters and pouring new ones
- Breaking and removing old asphalt and concrete
- Laying new paths
- Marking the bike path with green surfacing in places.
- Resealing and remarking the road.
Where work is happening:
- Diggers, trucks and other machinery will be operating at times so expect some noise.
- Traffic management will be in place.