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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 til late 2019, 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 2 July 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.


Important new works

Quay Street enhancements

As part of the Quay Street enhancements programme, construction sites were established on the Southern side of the footpath from the first week of July. Access to all businesses, properties and streets will be maintained at all times. See maps below for site layouts and pedestrian details.

The Quay Street streetscape works along the southern side are expected to be complete early 2020.

Early next year the works will progress to the northern side of Quay Street, with a full programmed QSE completion date of late December 2020, ready for America’s Cup in 2021.

Quay Street southern edge - Commerce Street to Lower Queen Street

From Monday 8 July the site fencing will be pulled forward along southern footpath (green area below) to leave a 1.5 metre pedestrian walkway. On some occasions the footpath will be temporarily closed to allow construction activity (see temporary footpath closure map below).

Downtown Site Map 3

Temporary footpath closure layout Commerce Street to Lower Queen Street

Downtown Site Map 4

Quay Street southern edge - Lower Queen Street to Lower Albert Street

There will be no though pedestrian access along southern side of Quay Street between Lower Albert Street and Lower Queen Street. Please cross at lights to use northern Quay Street footpath.

Downtown Site Map 2

Emergency egress from HSBC onto Quay Street will be maintained. Access to all properties will be maintained at all times.

Quay Street southern edge - Lower Albert Street to Lower Hobson Street

From Monday 8 July the temporary bus stop in front of MSocial Hotel goes live. Site fencing will be erected along southern footpath (green area below). From Wednesday 10 July onward, construction activity will begin.

There will be no pedestrian access across southern side of Lower Albert Street / Quay Street intersection. Please cross at lights to northern Quay Street footpath.

Downtown Site Map 1

Pohutukawa tree relocation / water shut down

Tuesday & Wednesday nights (10 & 11 July )

There will be night works to relocate both trees outside the Ferry Building to their new temporary home at Teal Park.

The tree roots are wrapped around existing water pipes so there will be some concrete cutting works involved between midnight and 12.30am each night to cut through the water pipes. This will require a temporary water shut down. All properties impacted by the shutdown have been notified.

Tree investigations and temporary relocation works

Tree relocation will take place from mid-June to mid July Quay St footpath to Lower Hobson Street to Commerce Street.

Downtown tree relocation sign cartoon imagery

With the heavy work underway on the transformation of Downtown Auckland we need to protect the pohutukawa trees. We will temporarily relocating 15 pohutakawa trees on the northern side of Quay Street between Lower Hobson Street and Commerce Street while the transformation of Downtown Auckland is under construction

Each tree will be carefully uplifted and moved to a safe, temporary home where they will be looked after.

After 40 years on the street, it’s time for a break while the enhancement is underway.

How our trees are prepped for their relocation:

  • Prior to excavating the root balls of the trees, the trees are sprayed with a product to reduce loss of moisture.
  • The root balls are excavated slowly, carefully and primarily by hand with the assistance of a small excavator and air vac where required.
  • The excavated root ball is wrapped to reduce soil moisture loss before transporting to the new location.

The relocation of the first trees start on Tuesday 18 June. The two smaller ones at the Lower Albert Street intersection will be carefully uplifted using a hiab crane and transported to their new temporary home at Karaka Nursery where they will be well cared for. On Tuesday evening 18 June, the removal of our larger pohutukawa trees will begin. These trees will be replanted at Teal Park where they can enjoy some peace and quiet until their return to Quay Street.

Teal Park is already home to a number of Quay Street pohutukawa trees that took up their residence their early last year when the cycleway was extended

These night removal works should not result in any noise disruption and all access will be maintained.

The temporary tree relocation works are programmed to continue until mid-July, with the trees being returned to site in 2020.

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Southern side: Quay Street Enhancement: July 2019 – late 2020: Construction sites will be established on the Southern side of the footpath from the first week of July. Once established construction works will begin immediately after.

Access to all businesses, properties and streets will be maintained at all times. See maps above for site layouts and pedestrian details.

Northern side: Tree temporary relocation and investigation works 18 June to mid-July: We are temporarily relocating 15 pohutakawa trees on the northern side of Quay Street between Lower Hobson Street and Commerce Street while the transformation of Downtown Auckland is under construction. Each tree will be carefully uplifted and moved to a safe, temporary home where they will be looked after.

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Southern side: Quay Street Enhancement: July 2019 – late 2020: Construction sites will be established on the Southern side of the footpath from the first week of July. Once established construction works will begin immediately after.

Access to all businesses, properties and streets will be maintained at all times. See maps above for site layouts and pedestrian details.

Northern side: Tree temporary relocation and investigation works 18 June to mid-July: We are temporarily relocating 15 pohutakawa trees on the northern side of Quay Street between Lower Hobson Street and Commerce Street while the transformation of Downtown Auckland is under construction. Each tree will be carefully uplifted and moved to a safe, temporary home where they will be looked after.

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Southern side: Quay Street Enhancement: July 2019 – late 2020: Construction sites will be established on the Southern side of the footpath from the first week of July. Once established construction works will begin immediately after.

Access to all businesses, properties and streets will be maintained at all times. See maps above for site layouts and pedestrian details.

Northern side:

Proof drilling for upcoming seawall strengthening: May to late-July 2019.

Marine Works

Ferry basin redevelopment works Queens Wharf - June to late - March 2020

  • All fenders and bollards along Queens Wharf western edge have now been removed.
  • Two 100T cranes will arrive onsite mid-July to install 253 new piles as part of the construction of the new breakwater wall and canopies.
  • Piling is programmed to start July 15 and continue for approximately six months.

Pile repair & maintenance works under pier 2 - 7 June to late - August 2019

  • Noise disruption (intermittent as they are tidal based).
  • Working hours are 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.
  • All ferry services will operate as normal throughout works.
  • There will be reduced levels of noise between 12pm and 2.30pm (approx).