Victoria Street West in the city is one step closer to being safer for all road users.
In late December, Auckland Transport (AT) will start construction of a safe, separated cycleway along each side of Victoria Street West, from Beaumont Street to Nelson Street.
Artists impression of the new Victoria Street cycleway.
The area will also be made safer for people walking.
The work will cost $5.3 million for construction - inclusive of the maintenance reseal programme. It will be a dig once approach.
Waitemata Local Board’s transport lead Graeme Gunthorp says the work will provide a vital connection.
“This vital connection links the cycleways on Franklin Road and Nelson Street, so you can bike or scooter from Ponsonby to the city - all on a separated and safe bike path. This is how we create a connected network.”
Mr Gunthorp says pedestrians will also be prioritised with the busy Halsey/Victoria/Wellesley intersection becoming far safer, quicker and easier for people to cross the road.
“The slip lanes, which have no place in cities or town centres, will be removed, and the kerb will be built out,” he says.
“These healthy, safe, connected and accessible streets are what we need more of.”
AT’s Portfolio Delivery Director (Projects), David Nelson, says the work will start immediately after Christmas.
“The city centre has the least traffic at this time of the year, which will minimise disruption.”
“Please plan ahead and allow extra time for travelling through this area over the next few months. There will be some temporary changes to the road, bus stops and footpaths and we apologise for any inconvenience.”
The contract has been awarded to Downer NZ.
Access to driveways, businesses and shops will be maintained throughout construction.