11 August 2022
New footpath connections are being planned for Kaukapakapa Village to better link the village with the school, community hall and local residential area.
The Rodney Local Board has allocated $3.25 million from the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate (RLBTTR) fund to design and construct two new footpaths to improve pedestrian safety and access within the Kaukapakapa Village. Both routes will be delivered by Auckland Transport (AT) on behalf of the Rodney Local Board.
The $150 per year RLBTTR was introduced in 2018 to accelerate transport investment in Rodney. It’s projected to raise $46 million over 10 years to pay for new bus services and bus stops, community transport facilities and footpaths.
Auckland Transport’s David Nelson, Group Manager Infrastructure Project Delivery, says the new footpath connections project has been closely modelled on guidelines developed by the Kaukapakapa Area Residents & Ratepayers Association in 2019.
The Kaukapakapa Design & Development Guidelines created a design palette and guidelines for the community to initiate and influence changes to the village. It also identified key community priorities for protection and enhancement including improved walkway links, footpaths on the north and south sides of the main road (SH16), and streetscape improvements.
The Kaukapakapa Footpath Connections project is the first step on the journey of building a connected Kaukapakapa.
AT will work with Kaukapakapa stakeholders and Waka Kotahi over the next few months to develop a detailed design, before planned construction early next year.
The project features two new footpaths:
- A 420m footpath along the grass berm of the eastern side of SH16 to the north of the village linking North Crescent with the village centre. This connection includes two pedestrian crossings.
- A 164m (new and upgraded) footpath on the west side of SH16 from the village shops to Kaukapakapa School and the Community Hall. This connection includes a new pedestrian crossing, a new parking layout and outdoor amenity space near local businesses.
These improvements align with AT’s Vision Zero commitment to make Auckland’s roads safer for everyone.