Auckland is experiencing major population growth which is placing huge demand on housing and transport infrastructure.
To support this growth, Auckland Transport (AT) is developing its transport network to ensure communities have access to an integrated high quality transport system.
This rapid growth is evident in the Albany area, which over the past 20 years has changed from a primarily rural settlement on the fringe of Auckland city, to a growing urbanised environment with a number of residential developments. Three key roading projects are planned in the area, along with improvements to Gills Road footpath and footbridge.
Map of the Albany developments projects:
Gills Road Link
- Design and build a new link road between Gills Road and Oteha Valley Road.
The new link road will improve connectivity and safe access for the growing residential areas served by these roads as well as providing improved walking and cycling facilities.
Gills Road footbridge and footpath improvements
- Build a new footbridge and connecting footpaths to the existing Gills Road bridge (near 20 Gills Road).
The new footbridge and footpaths will make it much safer for pedestrians and cyclists to access Albany Village shops and businesses.
Medallion Drive Link
- Build a new 2-lane road between Oteha Valley Road and Fairview Avenue. The new roadway is an extension to Medallion Drive.
The project involves constructing a new 2-lane road, including a new bridge, approximately 200m-long with footpaths and cycle facilities to link Fairview Avenue with Oteha Valley Road. .
Dairy Flat Highway
- Upgrade a section of Dairy Flat Highway between Stevensons Crescent and Gills Road.
Dairy Flat Highway is a key transport connection in a planned growth area and provides indirect access to the northern motorway interchange via Oteha Valley Road and direct access to the Albany Village and Dairy Flat to the north.
Dairy Flat Highway carries approx. 18,000 vehicles per day. Upgrades are already planned for a section of Dairy Flat Highway farther north, at the Dairy Flat/Wainui/Silverdale future urban area.
Why we are doing this
Changing land use, population growth, and planned housing developments are adding pressure on transport infrastructure in the north of Auckland. The Albany area has seen rapid growth in the past 20 years, changing from a rural environment on the fringe of Auckland city, to a growing urbanized environment on the outer edge of the city boundaries.
With growth happening quickly in the area, we can offer certainty to both existing and future property owners as to which land can be upgraded. New housing and commercial areas can then be built knowing where the transport infrastructure to support it will be.
These projects will further improve connections from local roads to main arterial networks, introduce improved walking and cycling amenities, provide an improved urban design, and enhance safety for all road users.
Subject to land acquisition and statutory approvals, construction of the link road between Gills Road and Oteha Valley Road will start in summer 2019.
Work on the link road between Oteha Valley Road and Fairview Avenue will also start in summer 2019.
Funding from Auckland Council's Local Residential Growth Fund has been approved to investigate the Gills Road Link, Medallion Drive Link and upgrade of Dairy Flat Highway.