Auckland Transport plans to upgrade the 4km stretch of Albany Highway between the Upper Harbour Motorway (SH18) and Dairy Flat Highway (SH17).
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Albany Highway is a regional arterial road serving the North Harbour industrial estate, five schools, Massey University, and a cluster of residential estates. About 15,000 vehicles use the highway every day, as well as cyclists and pedestrians.
An upgrade of the highway is essential for reducing congestion, improving safety for all road users (including the area’s 5,000 school students) and encouraging the use of all modes of transport.
The Albany Highway North Upgrade project includes the section of Albany Highway from State Highway 18 (Schnapper Rock Road / Bush Road intersection) in the south to the Dairy Flat Highway (SH17 intersection) intersection in the north. The project covers approximately 4km of road.
- The road will be widened to include a traffic lane, a T3 transit lane (for buses and vehicles with three or more people), on- and off-road cycle facilities and a wider footpath in both directions;
- Roundabouts will be changed to signalised intersections;
- A new four-lane bridge will be built over Oteha Stream;
- Overhead power and telecommunication lines will be put underground and new landscaping will make the area more attractive;
- New medians will make the road safer and plants will make it more attractive;
- Stormwater pipes will be upgraded to help reduce pollution from the road flowing into local streams.
In 2005, North Shore City Council proposed an upgrade of Albany Highway to reduce congestion and improve safety.
The initial proposal included constructing a four-lane highway with improved pedestrian, cycling and public transport infrastructure, and staging construction over a number of years.
In 2007, the council went to the community to get feedback on this proposal. The council received 179 responses, with the majority strongly advocating for:
- Upgrading the designated stretch of highway in one go – completing it in stages would be too disruptive;
- More emphasis on improving safety for school children, particularly those who walk or cycle to school.
This feedback, along with significant council and governmental policy changes and the need to minimise adverse effects while balancing the future needs of traffic and the community, led to a comprehensive redesign of Albany Highway in 2007.
In 2010, the council went back to the community to ask for its input on a new design. Information leaflets were distributed, open days were held, a library display was set up and there was coverage in the local newspapers asking locals for their feedback. Meetings were also held with property owners directly affected by the works.
The council received 59 responses and as a result a number of changes were made to the design concept.
In November 2010, the project was transferred to Auckland Transport.
In August 2012, the designation decision was approved for the roadworks.
In September 2012, the building consent for the upgrade of Days Bridge was approved.
Timeline and costs
The start of construction is dependent on the successful completion of outstanding tasks, such as land purchases, land owner agreements, consent approvals and funding.
Construction is currently programmed to start after mid-2013 and is estimated to take two years to complete.
From the inception of the project in 2006, including design and land purchases, and the future construction phase, the project cost is expected to be in the order of $70 million.
In general, the upgrade will provide:
- Four traffic lanes (with two general traffic and two transit lanes);
- Signalisation of three major intersections (currently roundabouts) along the route (at Rosedale Road, Bass Road and Wharf Road);
- Mid-block signalised pedestrian crossings;
- Segregated pedestrian footpaths and cycle paths where practicable with a shared path provided elsewhere;
- Landscaping in the central median and grass berms where practicable;
- Stormwater improvements;
- Relocation and undergrounding of main utility services (gas, water, telephone and electricity);
- Construction of a new four lane bridge over the Oteha Stream (Days Bridge);
- Street lighting upgrade using LED lanterns;
- Offsite mitigation works on third party property;
- Mitigation planting and acoustic fencing along property frontages where required.
Photos of how the area currently looks when looking north, and the project's landscape and urban designers' impressions of what it will look like (images provided by Isthmus):
Albany Highway near intersection with Rothwell Avenue
Albany Highway near intersection with Appleby Road
Intersection of Albany Highway with Rosedale Road
View looking north, at bridge
View looking north, at the cemetery
Reducing congestion on the highway
Reducing the number of vehicles using the highway will help to ease congestion, both now and when the upgrade is under way. Consider whether taking an alternative mode of travel is an option to you. We recommend:
- Catching a bus. School buses currently run between local schools and Devonport, Northcote, Greenhithe/West Harbour, East Coast Bays, and Coatesville/Kumeu. Contact your school for information about these services or visit www.AT.co.nz for public bus timetables and route information;
- Carpooling. Where possible take passengers or visit Let's Carpool website to find or share a ride;
- Making the most of the warmer weather by walking or cycling if you live nearby;
- Visiting www.nhba.org.nz for info about the transport initiatives offered by the North Harbour Business Association.
In 2011, the Notice of Requirement (NOR)/Designation for the upgrade was fully notified for public feedback and submissions.
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