Proposal status: closed 5 December 2018 and updated 15 January 2019 and 8 July 2019
Reference number: FP1819-013
Proposal update - 8 July 2019
In November 2018 we asked for community feedback on our proposal for a new footpath and crossing on Hibiscus Coast Highway in Silverdale, between Silverdale Street and Wainui Road. Although we planned to construct the footpath before July 2019, we have since found that challenging ground conditions would make it difficult to build.
We are working hard to produce a new design for this footpath and will ask for community feedback on our new plans before the end of this year. This design will also incorporate feedback from the original proposal.
More details about the original consultation can be found below.
We've proposed changes in your area
We proposed a new footpath on Hibiscus Coast Highway in Silverdale. The proposed works would have included a new walking route along the western side of the highway, a raised pedestrian crossing on Silverdale Street and a cut-through path to Agency Lane.
This proposal was part of our footpath programme, which aims to improve pedestrian accessibility all over Auckland.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to connect key retail centres in Silverdale and will eventually complete a missing walking link along the highway between Silverdale Street and Millwater Parkway. The proposed path will enable safer and more convenient walking journeys in the area.
This project will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning with some of your suggestions being investigated as a part of the final design, such as a new guardrail.
We have decided to remove the raised zebra from this design, due to safety issues identified when vehicles are turning into Silverdale Street were they have to suddenly stop for pedestrians. Due to the high speeds on this road, a multi-vehicle collision on the main highway could occur when a turning car suddenly brakes. This safety risk is deemed too great to justify a raised crossing at this intersection.
Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported these improved walking facilities in the area.
- Question if the bike path would be wide enough to accommodate bikes as they are currently out on the road, causing delays for cars and compromising their own safety.
The path is sufficiently wide at the southern end, and split into two paths for a lot of the length due to trees. Unfortunately funding is not available for cycling infrastructure in this part of Auckland. However, the path will be future-proof, allowing for flexibility in the future, when the use of the path might change.
- Suggestion that a decent guardrail is put at this corner as there are many crashes at this location, with people literally driving into the corner of #1.
Based on your suggestion, installing a guardrail at this location will be investigated.
- Question whether there will be tree pruning at this location as the company logos are not visible due to the trees.
This has been noted and will be passed on to the detail designer.
- Request for the work be done at night as customer feels that traffic disruptions would be enormous if the road were closed during the day.
The raised zebra has been removed from the footpath design therefore there will be no works involved with that.