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Quay Street roadworks and disruption updates Quay Street roadworks and disruption updates

Over the next two years, activities and movement along and around Quay Street and the Ferry Basin will be affected by Downtown Programme construction as we work towards completion by 2021.

Quay Street traffic flow map during construction

Key trenching and ducting works have finished on the southern side of Quay Street allowing traffic lanes to shift to the southern edge of Quay Street. We expect this layout to remain in place for the majority of the Downtown Programme construction, but there may be some shifts in the lanes when specific works require it.

Please continue to drive with caution and be alert to the right turn restrictions that have been put in place to maintain traffic flow along Quay Street (see map below).

We are constantly monitoring the traffic flow and making adjustments where required, so please maintain awareness of any traffic layout changes as well as other road users and pedestrians.

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Construction is currently underway along Quay Street - below we list any new changes that could affect you.

Current works – updated 20 May 2019.

Traffic restrictions to note:

  • No right turn into or out of Lower Albert Street.
  • No right turn into Commerce Street from Quay Street.
  • No right turn into Gore Street from Quay Street.
  • No right turn into Britomart Place from Quay Street.

Construction is currently underway along Quay Street - below we list any new changes that could affect you.

For non-Downtown programme roadworks and disruption, please visit the Roadworks and disruptions section.


Quay Street pedestrian and cycle lane routes

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Current Project Phase

  • Stormwater drainage installation.
  • Seawall preparatory works.
  • Queens to Marsden proof drilling for geotechnical investigations.

Works involved

Proof drilling for geotechnical investigations

Involves concrete cutting works, hydro excavation and use of a borehole piling rig to investigate the founding materials. There will be 96 boreholes drilled from Queens Wharf to Marsden Wharf. The findings will be used to further update the palisade wall design.

Stormwater Drainage

Involves pavement excavation and concrete cutting works and temporary relocation of cycle lane onto the footpath between Lower Hobson Street and Lower Albert Street.

Seawall Preparatory works

This work involves the installation of piling sleeves and casings, and also to further develop the final sea wall design within this section. Regarding investigation in this area is required due to the sheer volume of services under the road.

Upcoming Key Dates

Queens to Marsden Wharf: proof drilling for geotechnical investigation

Monday 6 May to late June 2019

On Monday 6 May proof drilling works began on the northern side of Quay Street between Queens Wharf and Marsden Wharf. There are 96 boreholes to drill so two drilling rigs will be working simultaneously to complete works as fast as possible. An air-vac machine is also required to clear the boreholes of debris before they are drilled.

What to expect:

  • Noise levels similar to those experienced during utility trenching operation (air-vac machine, concrete cutting, drilling rig).
  • Noise mats will be used during loud works.
  • Working hours 7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Please note: if required works may continue until 10pm.

Preparatory works commence for sea wall strengthening

Tuesday 7 May to mid-June 2019

In late May, we expect to start work on the big, transformation stage of the Downtown Programme projects; strengthening the Quay Street’s seawall, enhancing the streetscape, and redeveloping the ferry basin (subject to securing resource consent approvals).

In early May, work began on the preparatory works at the Princes Wharf/Quay Street intersection and across the paved footpath in front of Burger Boy. These works will be undertaken in two stages and take up to six weeks to complete.

Stage 1: Tuesday 6 May to mid-May 2019 

Stage one works on the eastern side of the Princes Wharf entrance are now complete.

Stage 2: Late May to mid-June 2019 (around three weeks)

Stage two began mid-May and is located on the footpath area outside Burger Boy and extends across the western side of Princes Wharf entrance. Pedestrian access will be maintained between the site fencing and Burger Boy. Traffic Controllers will be onsite to assist to assist pedestrians.

These will involve:

  • Some noise (use of air-vac machine, concrete cutting and excavation).
  • Stop-go traffic management.
  • Reduced footpath width and pedestrian diversions around the site area.
  • Working hours 7am to 10pm.
  • One narrowed lane in each direction.

Vehicle access to Princes Wharf will be maintained at all times. Pedestrian access to Princess Wharf and surrounding businesses will be maintained at all times.

Stormwater installation works on the northern edge of Quay Street from Lower Hobson Street to Lower Albert Street.

Saturday 30 March to early June 2019

Works are expected to take approximately 8 weeks. The cycle lane will be relocated onto the footpath between Lower Hobson Street and Lower Albert Street during these works.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be separated safely using a traffic snake and hit sticks. The right turn in and left turn out of Princes Wharf will be maintained. Noise fencing will be in place during all noisy activity and vehicle/pedestrian access to buildings and driveways will be maintained at all times.

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Lower Hobson Street to Lower Albert Street - Preparatory investigation works

7 May to mid June 2019

Preparatory works for upcoming seawall strengthening at Princes Wharf / Quay Street intersection and across the paved footpath in front of Burger Boy. The works will be undertaken in two stages and we expect each stage to take up to three weeks to complete.

Stormwater Drainage

Ongoing until mid-May 2019 on the Quay Street northern edge from Lower Hobson Street to Lower Albert Street.

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Lower Albert Street to Queens Wharf - Temporary pop up public space

Outside the Ferry Building you’ll find a spot to pause, relax, eat your lunch and even read up about the Project.

The Downtown Programme commissioned AMD to make a video of the fabrication and installation of the pop up public space on Quay Street, outside the Ferry Building.

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Queens Wharf to Marsden Wharf - Proof drilling for geotechnical investigation works 

6 May to late June 2019

Proof drilling works to investigate the founding materials which will be used to further the palisade wall design.

Email the project team.