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2019


31 May

Franklin Road Improvements – early July completion

The Franklin Road Improvements project is very close to completion. The remainder of the new street-lighting is being installed through June, with final touches to the roundabout, some minor construction and landscaping still to be done.

From the 4th of June to Friday 28th June temporary day road closures will be in place on Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Ponsonby Road. The works are so Northpower can install the remainder of the new street-lighting and overhead catenary lighting.

Wellington Street and Franklin Road down to Victoria Street West remain open at all times.

4th June 2019 Northpower works map of closures on Franklin Road


18 May

Final pavement layer for Franklin Road between Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street roundabout.

Images from Saturday 18 May work laying asphalt.

photo of final seal web

Asphalt seal works between Ponsonby Road and Wellington St roundabout web

Franklin Road final asphalt seal web


13 May

On Saturday, 18 May 2019, there will be a full road closure on Franklin Road between Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street roundabout so the final pavement layer for Stage 2 can be laid.

Detours will be in place for through traffic at either end of the closure, however, vehicle access to properties, businesses and side streets will be maintained by traffic controllers. It is important to note that due to the nature of the works, there may be some very short-term access restrictions (ten minutes approx.). Pedestrian and cyclist/scooter access will be maintained.

Saturday 18 May (weather permitting)

  • Full road closure Wellington Street roundabout to Ponsonby Road (between 7am to 5pm).
  • No through traffic permitted between Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street roundabout.
  • Property access (vehicle and pedestrian) within closure will be maintained with only short-term restrictions when paving machine passes access ways.
  • Access to New World for downhill traffic from Ponsonby Road (eastbound) will be via Collingwood Street and Wellington Street. Follow detours.
  • Access to New World for downhill traffic from Ponsonby Road (westbound) will be via College Hill and Victoria Street West. Follow detours.
  • Contingency dates for works is Monday 20 or Tuesday 21 May.

Asphalt on Franklin Road


12 April 

From Monday 15 April until mid May 2019, Downer will temporarily close Arthur Street access to and from Franklin Road. This is so the team can construct a new speed table and cycleway across the Arthur Street intersection.

Due to the nature of these works some noise disruption may be experienced, and we apologise ahead of these works. Please note the dates for this work depend on onsite and weather conditions and may change.

What this means

  • Arthur Street will be local access only (residents and visitors) from the Pember Reeves Street intersection.
  • Arthur Street residents – vehicle and pedestrian access to your property will be maintained.
  • Arthur Street vehicle access will be temporarily closed at Franklin Road.

Detour

Vehicles travelling to and from Franklin Road will be detoured via Wellington Street and Ponsonby Road.

Arthur Street closures


25 March

Stage 1 between Victoria Street and Wellington Street roundabout is very close to completion. Only landscaping and constructing the new pedestrian refuges are still to be done.

Stage 2 construction is underway. A downhill lane closure along Franklin Road between Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street roundabout is now in place until early April 2019. Traffic flow will be uphill only during this time and there will be lane shifts as works progress.

The lane closure is required for:

  • Northpower (on behalf of Vector) completing under-grounding of power cables.
  • Downer constructing the new footpath, parking bays, streetlight foundations, cycleway and vehicle crossings, as well as complete the structural asphalt layers along Franklin Road.

As work still continues in stage 2 (Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street) AT would like to remind everyone that parking over driveways either parallel or right angles can compromise access and safety for pedestrians including those who are mobility impaired.

We thank everyone for their ongoing patience.

Park it right

In the parking bays, the right way to park is parallel. Parking across the cycleway, footpath or driveway blocks pedestrians and cyclists and is a safety issue. Parking in the new tree pits that are topsoiled and mulched is also not allowed. These areas are sensitive and parking there can adversely affect a tree’s health. It will pay to check that you, your visitors or contractors have parked correctly, and not encroaching on to the footpath or cycleway as parking officers are frequently monitoring and infringement notices may be issued.
Downer takes parking right seriously and continually informs and monitors staff vehicles and contractors to ensure they are parking correctly.

Franklin Rd park it right 1

Bin Locations - for collection

To ensure the safety of cyclists, please place your rubbish and recycling bins either on: - the driveway or concrete area next to the tree kerbing, or - within the mulched area just behind the cycle lanes. 

We thank everyone for their cooperation.

Franklin Rd bin locations

Temporary Closure: Northpower Works on Franklin Road

Northpower will be installing a temporary road closure on Franklin Road between Napier Street and Scotland Street from 25 to 29 March 2019.

This is so Northpower can install new street lights and overhead catenary lights. The wires are strung high across the road and for everyone’s safety, no vehicles (passing underneath) will be allowed through this section.

Detours with appropriate signage will in place.

Traffic controllers will be on site at all times (day and night) to manage traffic and to assist residents and customers with parking and pedestrian access into private property.

These are not Downer works so if there is any issue regarding the closure, please email Neil Riddell or call him on 029 977 8733.

Franklin Rd upgrade Detour map MARCH 2019


19 February

Downhill lane closure along Franklin Road between Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street/England Street roundabout for Vector work

From Monday, 25 February, a downhill lane closure along Franklin Road between Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street/England Street roundabout will be in place until early April 2019.

Traffic flow will be uphill only during this time and there will be lane shifts as works progress.

The downhill lane closure is required so Vector can complete their undergrounding of power cables, and also so Downer can construct new footpath, parking bays, streetlight foundations, cycleway, vehicle crossings, as well as complete the structural asphalt layers along Franklin Road.

During this period Heke Street intersection will remain closed until early March while the construction of the new speedtable is finished. Once complete, Heke Street will re-open and construction will commence on the new speed tables for both Arthur Street and Wood Street intersections.

Vehicle access and on street parking will be maintained through the lane closure whenever possible but may be temporarily impacted due to the works required.

Working hours are Monday to Saturday 7am to 6pm. 


1 February

Final road surface layer and detours between Wellington Street and Victoria Street - Monday 4 to Friday 8 February (weather permitting)

From 7am Monday 4 February through to 6pm Friday 8 February 2019, Downer will be undertaking the final pavement seal on Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Victoria Street, and also at the new speed table tie-ins to Franklin Road.

The works will be carried out in sections over the week, each with associated detours, restrictions and one lane closures. These will change daily over the week so please follow signage and traffic controllers. No works will take place on Waitangi Day, Wednesday 6 February.

Access to properties, businesses and New World

Access to properties and businesses and side streets will be maintained when possible by traffic controllers, but please be aware that due to the nature of the works there will be some very short term restrictions.

Access into New World car parks will be managed by traffic controllers, so please enter and exit with caution.

Planned timeline of works (subject to weather)

Monday 4 February
  • 7am to 6pm: Downhill traffic only along Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Victoria Street.
  • Property access will be maintained with only short term restrictions when paving machine passes access ways.
  • Access to New World via Franklin Road (downhill traffic) and via Scotland Street or Wellington Street (uphill traffic). Follow detours.
  • 7am till midday approx: Napier Street/Franklin Road intersection closed for tie in asphalting. Detours via Wellington Street.
Tuesday 5 February
  • Downhill traffic only along Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Napier Street.
  • 7am till midday approx: Scotland Street/Franklin Road intersection closed for tie-in asphalting. Detours via Middle Street.
  • Midday till 6pm: Wellington Street and England Street/Franklin Road intersections closed for tie-in asphalting. Detours in place.
  • Property access will be maintained.
Wednesday 6 February (Waitangi Day)
  • Downhill traffic only along Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Napier Street.
  • Waitangi Day. No works.
Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February
  • Downhill traffic only along Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Victoria Street.
  • Property access will be maintained with only short term restrictions when roller passes access ways.
  • Access to New World via Franklin Road (downhill traffic) and via Scotland Street or Wellington Street (uphill traffic). Follow detours.

Rubbish and recycling bin collection

While works are underway please place your bins just outside your property the evening before collection and our crews will ensured they are moved to a suitable location to be emptied.

Special health concerns

If you have any special health concerns that may require emergency access/egress, during this time, please contact Downer so they can incorporate the information into their planning.

Downer working hours are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 6pm, phone 0508 3726 5546.


21 January

Franklin Road Upgrade - speed table construction

Heke Street/Franklin Road intersection temporary closure Monday 29 January until late February 2019.

From Monday 29 January until late February, Downer will temporarily close Heke Street access to and from Franklin Road. This is so the team can construct a new speed table and cycleway across the Heke Street intersection.

Due to nature of these works some noise disruption may be experienced, we do apologise should this impact you.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during the work. Vehicles travelling to and from Franklin Road will be detoured via Wellington Street and Ponsonby Road.

What this means for you

Heke Street and Franklin Road closure

Heke Street will be temporarily closed at Franklin Road. Heke Street will be local access only from the Collingwood Street intersection. Vehicle and pedestrian access to your property will be maintained.

Please note the dates for this work depend on conditions onsite and may change.

If you have any specific access requirements or health concerns that may require emergency access/egress, please be sure to let us know so we can include the information into our planning.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works and thank you for your continued patience while the Franklin Road upgrade is underway. If you have any questions please contact us by calling 0508 Franklin (0508 3726 5546).


2018


19 December

Temporary Road Closure of Parts of Franklin Road in Freemans Bay, 14 January 2019 to 15 February 2019

Vector owns and operates networks that distribute electricity and gas across the greater Auckland region. We are constantly working to ensure the safety and reliability of our networks.

From Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 15 February 2019 (weather permitting) we will be working in Franklin Road to install the remaining poles and overhead wires to support the new street lighting.

The work, which is being done by Northpower on behalf of Vector, will be carried out from 7.00am to 7.00pm. To ensure a safe environment for all, sections of Franklin Rd between Victoria Street West and Wellington St will be closed in phased stages during the above dates.

During this time, there will be no vehicle access through these sections of Franklin Rd, and detours will be in place. Traffic control marshals will be on site at all times (day and night) to manage traffic and to assist residents with parking and pedestrian access into private property.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

Thank you for your patience while we get the job done.

Kind regards,
Vector Customer Service Team


11 December

Thank you Franklin Road

The team from the Franklin Road Project would like to say thank you to everyone for their continued patience and cooperation this past year. Without this, we would not have been able to complete the majority of works in the first phase of the upgrade works between Victoria Street and the Wellington Street / England Street roundabout.

We are now offsite for the famous Franklin Road Christmas Lights, with only a small number of temporary traffic management remaining for safety requirements.

Please have yourselves a safe and wonderful holiday season and we will see you on the 7th January 2019 to begin the final stage of the Franklin Road Upgrade.

Read the full December Franklin Road upgrade newsletter (PDF 1.7MB)


24 October

Access changes to Wilkins Street

Due to space restrictions from the construction works, we identified that large trucks were having trouble turning left into Wilkins Street from Franklin Road, so to maintain safety for all vehicles were have amended the traffic management.

The intersection is now temporarily only right turn in from Franklin Road and left turn out from Wilkins Street. Traffic flow is being controlled by both a traffic controller and temporary traffic lights. Please access Wilkins Street carefully at all times and drive to the conditions.

Traffic management map of Wilkins Street access


4 October

Franklin Road cycleway

The uphill cycleway is near completion. A 'lip' (ie a gap) of 50mm exists between the cycleway form and the road. The final seal of the road is still to be applied, which will eliminate the lip. This is planned to be done by end of February 2019.

The site is still under construction which poses a hazard. For safety reasons we advise cyclists to stay off the cycleway.

Construction hazards on Franklin Rd uphill cycleway
Image: Digger working on the Franklin Road uphill cycleway.

Construction of Franklin Road downhill cycleway
Image: The downhill cycleway under construction.

Car parking bays

Until the final line markings for the car parking bays and wheel stops are installed, we are reminding drivers to park the right way (parallel) so when the cycleway is complete, those cycling through have a safe ride. We are currently educating and advising the public, but enforcement will follow if necessary.

Park it Right flyer demonstrating to park parallel and not diagonally

Christmas period

From Tuesday, 20 November, works will shut down for the Christmas period. During this time, we will install temporary asphalt concrete ramps along the asymmetric channel to cover the lip of the uphill cycleway. This will allow cyclists to use the cycleway during this time. Please use with care.


5 September

Middle Street closed at Franklin Road intersection

Monday, 10 September, Downer will begin construction of the new speed table and cycle lane to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists across the Middle Street and Franklin Road intersection. These works are expected to be underway until late September 2018.

What this means:

  • Middle Street will be closed at Franklin Road.
  • Middle Street will be local access only from either Ireland Street, Spring Street, Cascade Street or England Street.
  • Two way traffic will be maintained along Franklin Road.
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access to businesses and properties is maintained.
  • Businesses in the area will remain open during the work.

Scotland Street to Franklin Road is open again to traffic


10 August

Monday, 20 August, Downer will begin construction of the new speed table and cycle lane to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists across the Scotland Street and Franklin Road intersection. These works are expected to be underway until early September 2018.

What this means:

  • Scotland Street will be closed at Franklin Road.
  • Scotland Street will be local access only from the Ireland Street intersection.
  • Two way traffic will be maintained along Franklin Road.
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access to businesses and properties is maintained.
  • Businesses in the area will remain open during the work.

7 August

Restricted on-street parking and vehicle access to property on Franklin Road

On Monday 13 August, Downer will start building the new footpath, parking bays, streetlight foundations, cycleway and vehicle crossings on Franklin Road. We expect this work will be complete in late September.

These works will take place between Middle Street and Scotland Street.

Middle St to Scotland St - map

Property vehicle access and street parking will be impacted due to the traffic management that is needed.

We will endeavour to provide you close alternative parking elsewhere on the street. If you have any health concerns that may require emergency access/egress, please let us know so that we can include this in our planning.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works and thank you for your continued patience while the Franklin Road upgrade is underway.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Downer can be reached at 0508 FRANKLIN (0508 3726 5546).


30 July

Temporary removal of street parking between Middle Street and England Street, Freemans Bay

Downer have programmed works between Middle Street and England Street on Franklin Road from Monday 30 July. They are constructing the footpath, parking bays, streetlight foundations, cycleway and vehicle crossings. The expected completion date is mid-September.

If there are any issues Downer can be reached at 0508 Franklin (0508 3726 5546).


Monday 23 July to Tuesday 31 July - Franklin Road one-way only

From Monday 23 until the evening of Tuesday 31 July, Franklin Road will be reduced to one-way traffic, northbound only between the Wellington Street/England Street roundabout and Victoria Street. Southbound traffic will be detoured toward Ponsonby Road via College Hill.

This is to allow Downer to prepare and lay the new road surface along this section of Franklin Road.

What to expect:

  • Access to and from side streets and private driveways will be intermittently unavailable as the work and heavy machinery moves past them.
  • Detours will be in place around Scotland Street and Middle Street during times that access is restricted. Please plan your journeys and allow extra travel time. The current Napier Street closure will remain in place.
  • Wilkins Street will be closed to vehicle access between 9am and 3pm on Thursday 26th and Monday 30th July. Please plan your travel accordingly.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
  • You may notice minor vibrations and louder than normal noise while this work is underway.
  • Please know the vibrations are well below a level that can cause any damage to homes or property.
    However, if you have delicate items in your home we do recommend that you secure them to make sure they’re not affected.
    We will continue to closely monitor the vibrations caused by the work.
  • Access to New World will remain open at all times during the work. Downer will return in the future to lay the new road surface in front of New World.
  • Parking on Franklin Road and the side streets will be restricted while the work is underway.

This work is dependent on favourable weather and the dates noted may change or be extended if there are poor conditions onsite.

Schedule

These dates are weather dependant and are subject to change

  • Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 July – Site set up and preparation work.
  • Wednesday 25 July - Milling works to remove existing road surface.
  • Thursday 26 July to Thursday 31 July - Laying the new road surface (no works Saturday/Sunday).

Our work hours are Monday to Saturday 7am to 6pm. Traffic management will finish on Tuesday night, after 6pm.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as these works continue.

Franklin detour July 18


16 July

Napier Street intersection closure at Franklin Road

On Monday, 16 July, Downer will begin construction of the new speed table and cycle lane across the Napier Street / Franklin Road intersection. These works are expected to take approximately 3 weeks to complete:

  • There will be no vehicle access between Napier Street and Franklin Road during construction of the speed table and cycle lane.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained.
  • Two way traffic flow will be maintained along Franklin Rd.
  • Local access only on Napier St and adjoining streets during these works.
  • Both vehicle and pedestrian access to all properties will be maintained.

July

New footpath and cycleway construction works Victoria Street to Wellington Street

The Franklin Road footpath upgrade works and the new cycleway along the eastern side between Victoria Street and Napier Street are now complete. The cycleway will open following the completion of works up to Wellington Street.

Kerb and footpath construction works continue along the eastern side of Franklin Road up to Wellington Street this month (including concrete pours) and are programmed to be complete early August 2018.

Works on the western side, between Victoria Street and Scotland Street are programmed to commence this month following the completion of the New World driveway access upgrade.

New footpath along eastern side of Franklin Road

New footpath along eastern side of Franklin Road from Victoria Street up to Napier Street is now complete.


2 July to late July 2018

New World driveway access upgrade

The driveway access into New World’s underground car park will be upgraded as part of the Franklin Road Project.

  • Vehicle access from Franklin Road into and out of the New World underground car park will be maintained at all times during works.
  • Intermittent stop-go will be in place when required.
  • Two way traffic will remain along Franklin Road during works.
  • Temporary traffic control will be in place around the site.
  • A traffic controller will be onsite during working hours.
  • Safe pedestrian access will always be maintained around the site but set-up and location will be managed daily.

Works at Franklin Road

Hydro excavation

Many of our project neighbours may now recognise the term hydro excavation, unfortunately, this method of excavation is not always the quietest but it is essential in making progress.

This activity ensures protection to underground services, and root systems for the street trees whilst maintaining connections to properties. This has not been a simple procedure and we thank your for your patience.

Hydro excavation is an environmentally safe and non-destructive excavation method that uses pressurised water and industrial strength vacuum to simultaneously excavate and evacuate soil. Water (instead of manual or mechanical digging methods) is used to break up the soil, virtually eliminating any risk of damaging the tree’s roots and also avoiding underground utilities. The results are safe, fast, and precise digging that require less backfill, labour, and restoration.

There is less environmental impact using this method of excavation than traditional excavation techniques and the process doesn’t use any chemicals.

Hyrdo excavation of tree at Franklin Road

Protected tree roots safely exposed using hydro excavation.

Hydro-excavation underway around root system and underground services for ridermain installation.

Hydro excavation underway around root system and underground services for rider main installation.

Drainage works

Connection of the new Franklin Road storm water line to private storm water pipes is now complete. 35 new manholes have been installed along Franklin Road (between Ponsonby Road and Victoria Street) as part of the project’s upgrade works.

All new catch pits have been installed on the eastern side of Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Heke Street, and we are currently installing catch pits on the western side between Heke Street and England Street. This part of the upgrade works will be a major improvement for the road once all complete.

Rider main connections to properties now complete

Rider main connections to properties now complete.

Speed tables

New speed table construction at the Franklin Road intersections of Middle Street, Scotland Street and Wilkins Street continue. Construction of the new speed table on Napier Street/Franklin Road is scheduled to commence mid-July.

Traffic management and a road closure will be in place but please be assured that impacted properties including Gwilliam Street and other streets will be notified in advance. Each speed table is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete due to concrete curing times.

Pavement works

Pavement upgrade works on Franklin Road (between Victoria Street and Wellington Street) are programmed to commence late July and will be undertaken Monday to Saturday between the hours 7am and 6pm.

Due to the nature of these works disruptions and delays are expected so please plan your journeys accordingly during this time. We thank you for your patience.

Electronic signs will be in place prior to works commencing and directly impacted neighbours will be directly notified in advance. Vehicle access to New World car park will be maintained.


27 June

Franklin Road project works are to start at Victoria Park New World car park in early July and access to underground carparks will remain open during the store hours. Traffic lane closures will be in place along the front of New World from Scotland Street to Victoria Street West and pedestrian access will be remain open.


14 May

Downers have reopened England Street intersection, Franklin Road.


11 May


An increase in leaf sweeping and removal has begun on Franklin Road where AT contractors will carry out this activity outside working areas. The project team at Downers will provide access where it is safe to do so, should you have any enquires, they should be directed to Auckland Transport via 09 355 3535.


9 May

New Franklin Road roundabout is now open

The new roundabout at the Franklin Road / Wellington Street / England Street intersection is now open. England Street access will remain closed to through traffic until mid-May so new pavement construction and street light installation can be completed.

Read more in the May newsletter (PDF 3.2MB)


11 April

Stormwater installation and connection works Middle St to England St

  • Storm water pipe installation works will continue on the western side of Franklin Road between Middle Street and England Street to the end of April 2018.
  • New manhole installations the centre of Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Ponsonby Road tomorrow, from 10th April 2018. Works are programmed to be complete by this Saturday, 14th April 2018.


12 March

Wellington St / Franklin Rd intersection now open

Downer has completed construction of the new Franklin Rd roundabout's eastern side. The intersection closure has now switched to the western side of Franklin Rd, closing vehicle access to and from England St. Detours are now in place until late April 2018.

Read more in the March newsletter (PDF 2.5MB).


2 March

Franklin Rd/England St intersection closing for roundabout construction.

Construction work to build the western side of the new roundabout on Franklin Road will start from Saturday 3 March.

At this time, England Street will close to traffic from and onto Franklin Road.

Detours will be in place via Wood St and Middle St so please plan your journeys accordingly and allow for extra time. Be mindful of additional traffic on detour routes.

Franklin Rd England St intersection closing for roundabout construction detour map

When completed the new roundabout will allow for all traffic movements from England Street.

Streetlights will be upgraded along England St during this time. All communications around these works will be directly through Vector.

Two way traffic flow will be maintained along Franklin Road.

Wellington Street will reopen when work starts on the western side of the road.


2017


21 December

Downer will resume work on Franklin Road on 8 January 2018. From 3 January, we will reinstate barriers next to our work areas.

Cycle path construction

In January, construction of pavements and the cycle paths will continue on the eastern side of Franklin Road close to Victoria Street, starting from the bottom of Franklin and working up the road.

Traffic will be shifted to the western side of the street to allow us to work in the area to complete these works.

Wellington Street roundabout

Construction of a roundabout at the Franklin Road, Wellington Street, and England Street intersection will start early next year.

Work will be carried out in 2 phases, the first being the eastern side of the roundabout adjacent to Wellington Street. Once that half of the roundabout is completed, we will move to the western side, on England Street.

Detours in place

Wellington Street where it intersects with Franklin Road will be closed to traffic for approximately 4 weeks while the eastern side of the roundabout is constructed.

Traffic will be able to traverse the length of Franklin Road in either direction, though travel will be signalised before and after the Wellington Street intersection to allow for one lane of traffic to travel through the intersection while it is being constructed.

There may be delays during peak times. Please use an alternative route if possible.

Detour route in January 2018 during eastern side of roundabout

Drainage works

We will continue installing new drainage lines on the western side of Franklin Road in the new year. We will work from Scotland to England Street first and then from Scotland to Victoria Street.

Potholing

We will be undertaking investigation works for new drainage on Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Ponsonby Road. Investigations need to be completed prior to installing new drainage systems as clashes with existing services need to be identified to mitigate any delays.

Vector working in the area

Vector will start work in mid to late January 2018, installing new underground cables for home connections on Franklin Road between Wellington St and Ponsonby Road. These works are expected to take about 2 months.

Please contact Vector if you have any queries about this work.


1 December

Stage 2 construction started August 2017 at the lower end of Franklin Road. The western side of the road was closed so a new Auckland Council stormwater pipe could be installed between Wellington Street and Victoria Street.

The ‘bursting’ method was used to install the underground stormwater pipe. It involved digging down to the existing pipe and as the new pipeline was pulled through, it burst apart the old pipe. There is less excavation of the road and significantly reduced noise, dust and construction machines on-site. New manholes and catch pits to collect and filter stormwater were also put in.

At the same time, a new footpath, driveways, and a cycle lane from Victoria Street to just past the Birdcage was built.

Upcoming work

November to December 2017

Construction stopped and road tidied in time for the annual Christmas lights display. Downer will still be onsite carrying out geotechnical land surveying and other minor surface works.

January to March 2018

Closure of Wellington Street and Franklin Road intersection January and early February 2018. Wellington Street where it intersects with Franklin Road will be closed to traffic for approximately four weeks while the eastern side of the roundabout is constructed.

Temporary traffic signals on approach to the works will permit traffic to travel up and down between Ponsonby and Victoria Street West. Detours will be in place - see the map for detour details.

February to March 2018

We then move construction for the western side of the roundabout. Traffic signals and road closures for the western side will be notified.


27 October

Annual Franklin Road Christmas lights display

We will have stopped worked and tidied the construction zone and road in time for the annual Christmas lights display. Works stop from 10 November to 27 December 2017.

Read the latest newsletter (PDF 588KB)

Work stops for Christmas period

Works will stop from 10 November to 27 December 2017. Access to Franklin Road from Victoria Street will resume at this time.

Work progress

We had to close the lower end of Franklin Road to dig up the middle of the road to put in a new 400metre stormwater pipe. It’s now in place and over the coming weeks, we will be re-sealing this part of the road.


13 September

Works have now been underway for a few weeks and the installation of the new drainage in the median of Franklin Road is progressing well.

Next steps

Work on the berm is scheduled to begin on 18 September and pedestrian detours will be put in place at the bottom of Franklin Road.

Read the latest project update newsletter.

Missing rubbish collection

Some Franklin Road residents have told us they are missing their rubbish and recycling collection now that the eastern side of Franklin from Victoria Street to Wellington Street is shut to traffic.

If this has happened to you, please have your bins on the footpath in front of your property by 6am on Wednesday mornings and we'll take care of it.


18 August

One way road closure from Monday 21 August

No vehicle access from Victoria Street to Franklin Road from Monday 21 August. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and clearly marked.

Detour map for Franklin Road Ponsoby

Stage 2 works to start 21 August

We will soon begin stage 2 of the upgrade of Franklin Rd.

We will work from the Victoria St end of Franklin Rd, up to Wellington St as the first phase of the works. This means we will be closing the eastern side of the street to traffic as we will be working on that stretch of the road installing new drainage as well as constructing new kerbs and channels, the cycleway, footpath and parking bays. We will also be working at vehicle crossings.

We will work in 50 metre stretches, and to complete the works safely we have to close one side of the street to motor vehicle traffic. A traffic management plan will be in place.

Franklin Road works August 2017


25 May

Stage 1 works are now between Victoria Street and Wellington Street. This means Stage 2 works in the area can start in late May / early June.

Works in Collingwood Street are nearing completion with only around 10 properties left to complete. Works will be complete in Collingwood Street in mid-late June.

Works in upper Franklin Road are on-track for completion in mid-late October.


21 March

Construction of Stage 1 works (most of the underground work) is well underway and is due for completion later this year.

We have lodged a resource consent application for Stage 2 works, which include stormwater improvements and all the roading and footpath works, with Auckland Council.

At this stage, we expect to start Stage 2 works in late April or May, depending on when we get approvals from Council. These works will be undertaken in stages and are expected to be complete by September/October 2018.

Once we have a better understanding of when these works will start, and have a contractor on board to undertake the works, we will provide further information about the staging. This will also be on display at Victoria Park New World supermarket.


2016


21 November

Planned works for the week beginning 21 November 2016:

New sewer main

Sewer main installation on Collingwood Street:

  • Continue open cutting to install a new 150mm PVC sewer pipe between 44 Collingwood Street and 36 Collingwood Street.
  • Installation of new manholes.
  • Excavate to install new sewer laterals to 40, 38 and 36 Collingwood Street.
  • Stop/Go operation will remain in place during the week.

Franklin Road

No further works will take place on Franklin Road until the new year.


14 November

Planned works for the week beginning 14 November 2016:

Watermain installation

Watermain installation between the Birdcage and Wilkins Street:

  • Connection to existing watermain completed on Tuesday morning.
  • Backfilling of work are and preparation for reinstatement.
  • Permanent asphalt reinstatement of all work areas along Franklin Road.
  • Removal of fences and work materials.
  • Removal of temporary rider main.

Watermain installation between Wellington Street & Napier Street:

  • Removal of any work related materials.
  • Removal of temporary rider main.
  • Permanent asphalt reinstatement of all work areas along Franklin Road.

Watermain installation in Ireland Road and Middle Street:

  • Site investigation works, ready for future works in this area.

Sewer main installation Franklin Road

New sewer main installation from Wellington Street to Heke Street:

  • All traffic diversion material removed from site and area returned to open road.
  • Investigative works on existing Fibre Optic cable.

Sewer main installation Collingwood Street

New sewer main installation from Wellington Street to Heke Street:

  • Mark out for traffic diversion including allowance for two way traffic flows.
  • Installation of traffic barriers and sign for diversion of traffic flows.
  • Delivery of plant and machinery to site after installation of traffic controls.
  • Mark out of existing services and laterals.
  • Saw cutting of existing driveways and removal as required.
  • Installation of pipework from existing manhole to manhole 6.

Sewer separation

New sewer separation along Collingwood Street and Franklin Road:

  • Continuing investigation work in properties ready for sewer separation.

Upcoming traffic changes

  • Removal of all traffic measures along Franklin Road in preparation for Christmas lights season.
  • Set up new traffic diversion along Collingwood Street.
  • Stop/Go operation in place along Collingwood St during some periods, one lane will be maintained for traffic flows.
  • Both lanes will be opened on Collingwood St after work hours for residential traffic.
  • Some foot path closures in place on Collingwood St during location of services, be will be opened after work hours.
  • Continued parking restrictions along Collingwood Street.
  • Delays may occur in Collingwood Street, but these will be kept to a minimum.
  • New Traffic Management plans for future works in Collingwood Street and Ireland Road/Middle Street.
  • Investigation of traffic issues along Ireland Road.

7 November

Planned works for the week beginning 7 November 2016:

Watermain installation

Watermain installation between the Birdcage and Wilkins Street:

  • Drilling of new 250mm watermain from near the Birdcage, to Wilkins Street.
  • Hydro-excavation of a trench and installation of pipework from Wilkins Street to opposite 111 Franklin Road.
  • Connection to new valves in Franklin Road and connection to existing watermain in Wilkins Street.

Watermain installation between Wellington Street & Napier Street:

  • Complete Gratton Place connection.
  • Transfer of services to new pipes.
  • Complete Vector duct open cut to Wellington Road.
  • Complete vector ducting to Napier Street.
  • Permanent asphalt reinstatement of all work areas along Franklin Road in preparation of Christmas closedown.

Watermain installation in Ireland Street and Middle Street:

  • Site investigation works to start for future works in this area.
  • Transfer of services to new pipework.
  • Complete Vector duct open cut.

Sewer main installation

New sewer main installation from Wellington Street to Heke Street:

  • Complete reinstatement of current open cut trench in preparation for Christmas closedown.
  • Benching of channel at existing manhole.
  • Investigative works on existing manholes.

Sewer separation

New sewer separation along Collingwood Street and Franklin Road:

  • Continuing investigation work in properties ready for sewer separation works in 2017.

Upcoming traffic changes

  • Continued parking restrictions along Franklin Road.
  • Continuing shoulder closures along Franklin Road.
  • Along Franklin Road footpath, new work crews will be carrying out permanent footpath reinstatement between Napier St and Wellington Street.
  • Delays may occur in Wilkins Street during the installation of new watermain pipes.
  • Expect possible traffic congestion around the Wellington Street / Franklin Rd intersection, due removal of traffic measures (works are weather dependent).
  • New traffic management plans for future works in Collingwood Street and Ireland Road/Middle Street.

31 October

Planned works for the week beginning 31 October 2016:

Watermain installation between the Birdcage and Wilkins Street.

  • Drilling of new 250mm watermain from near the Birdcage on lower Franklin Road, to Wilkins Street.
  • Connection to existing valves in Franklin Road and connection to the existing watermain in Wilkins Street.

Watermain installation between Napier Street

  • Continued preparation works for the new watermain connection points in Napier Street.
  • Backfilling of trenches as required
  • Chlorination and pressure testing of the new water main.

New sewer main installation from Wellington Street to Heke Street

  • Installation of new 150mm sewer main from the existing sewer manhole to a new sewer manhole
  • Installation of new sewer manhole
  • Backfilling of trench and removal of trench shoring.

New sewer separation along Collingwood Street and Franklin Road

  • Continuing investigation work in properties for sewer separation.

Upcoming traffic changes

  • Continuing shoulder closures along Franklin Road.
  • Delays may occur in Wilkins Street, during watermain installation of new pipe.
  • More truck movements around Wellington Street and Franklin Road intersection.
  • Continued parking restrictions along Franklin Road.
  • Continued narrow footpath restrictions along Franklin Road.

25 October

Planned works for the week beginning 24 October:

Watermain installation between the Birdcage and Wilkins Street

  • Drilling of a new 250mm watermain from near the Birdcage to Wilkins Street.
  • Connection to existing valves in Franklin Road, and connection to the existing watermain in Wilkins Street.
  • Continuing to confirm the location of existing services.

Watermain installation between Napier Street and Wellington Street

  • Continued preparation works for the new watermain connection points in Napier Street and Wellington Street.
  • Backfilling of trenches as required.
  • Completion of new service connections to properties.

New sewer main installation from Wellington Street to Heke Street

  • Excavation for new sewer main in Franklin Road, from the Wellington Street intersection.
  • Stop/Go operation in place from Wednesday to Friday, to allow construction of sewer main.
  • Both lanes will be opened at night.
  • More construction traffic movements in this area.

New sewer separation along Collingwood Street and Franklin Road

  • Continuing investigation work in properties for sewer separation.

Upcoming traffic changes

  • Delays may occur in Wilkins Street, during watermain installation of new pipe.
  • Traffic delays may occur on Franklin Road between Wellington Street and Heke Street, due to Stop/Go operation, for new sewer main installation, from Wednesday to Friday.
  • Both lanes will be open at night.
  • More truck movements around Wellington Street intersection.
  • Continued parking restrictions along Franklin Road.
  • Continued narrow footpath restrictions along Franklin Road.

17 October

Planned works for the week beginning 17 October:

  • Potholing investigations between Wilkins Street and Victoria Park to locate existing services.
  • Concrete pouring of anchor restraint blocks around the new pipe connection on Napier Street junction of Franklin Road.
  • Backfilling of current excavations between Wellington St and Napier St.
  • Installation of service connections to 4 properties between Wellington St and Napier St.
  • Installation of pipe connection from new valve on Wellington St to the new connection point on Wellington St Junction of Franklin Rd.
  • Installation of new pipe connection on Footway of Franklin Rd and preparation for connection at Gratton Place.
  • Potholing investigations to locate services on Napier Street junction of Franklin Rd.
  • Potholing investigations to locate the existing Chorus on line of new sewer main from existing manhole at junction of Wellington St & Franklin Rd.
  • Commence open cut excavation and install trench shoring between existing manhole and MH1 on Franklin Rd adjacent to property No 53.
  • Continue with private sewer separation investigations on Collingwood St and Franklin Rd.

3 October

Planned works for the week beginning 3 October:

  • Installation of new pipeline between Wellington Street and Napier Street.
  • Drilling of Vector ducting between Wellington Street and Napier Street.
  • Site investigations along Collingwood Street for planned sewer separation works.
  • Set out of the new sewer main between Wellington Street and Heke Street.
  • Backfilling of service pits along the footpath.

26 September

Planned works for the week beginning 26 September:

  • Drill rig arriving at the Wellington Street and Franklin Road intersection for direction drilling.
  • New water main pipes welding.
  • Water main pipes installation between Wellington Street and Napier Street, with new connections added to homes.
  • Night works on Monday and Tuesday for new water main valves installation.
  • Vector ducting installed between Wellington Street and Napier Street.

20 September

Planned watercare works for the week beginning 20 September:

  • Completion of service investigations.
  • Drill rig setup at corner of Wellington and Franklin Roads.
  • Excavation of entry/exit holes for drill shot.
  • Drilling of first section of pipe and installation of water main.
  • Install temporary water service.
  • Preparation for new valve installation.

11 May

Final consultation has closed and we will now review the feedback received before making final decisions about design features.


26 April

The design of option 1 has progressed and a final round of consultation is underway where you can give feedback.

The start of stage 1 works (underground services) has been delayed while we confirm the final approvals. These works will now start in early May 2016.

Read the media release: New Frankin Road upgrade designs released.


2015


11 December

2015 Revised design options

Design options for Franklin Road were further revisited between July - October 2015 and 3 revised design options were considered.

AT’s Executive Leadership Team confirmed option 1 as the preferred design option for Franklin Road in December 2015. This was discussed with the CLG at their 9 December meeting.

The key reasons for selecting option 1 as preferred option are:

  • It balances the needs of all road users taking into account feedback from stakeholders.
  • It retains the flush median which is used predominantly by vehicles for right turn movements into side street.
  • It retains parking between trees.
  • It provides for confident cyclists.
  • It’s considered an appropriate facility for the steep gradient of Franklin Road.
  • There is good separation between cyclists and vehicles reversing from driveways.
  • It is supported by an independent peer reviewer.

Option 1 will now progress to the detailed design stage.


28 October

The Community Liaison Group met to discuss revised options for the design of Franklin Road.

Since options A - D were presented in June 2015, AT has continued with technical investigations to address safety issues raised by residents and in safey audits.

As a result, the options have been further revised to address these issues and meet the project objective.


12 October

AT is assessing design options for Franklin Road following an independent safety audit and feedback from key stakeholder groups.

This will lead to AT deciding on a preferred option that will be taken through to detailed design and construction.

The safety of all road users and residents wil be an important factor in the final decision.

Community Liason Group (CLG)

The first meeting of the CLG will be held later this month. It includes representatives from Franklin Road residents, Freemans Bay Residents Association, Cycle Action Auckland, and the Waitemata Local Board.

Find out more about the Franklin Road CLG.


6 August

Since March, we have completed further safety investigations and confirmed the design principles that will inform the selection of the final option for Franklin Road.


13 March

Since December 2014, the project team has continued working on options for the project, taking into account feedback received in November 2014. Key developments include:

  • confirmation of Vector participation in the project and understanding of power lines.
  • two revised options that retain parking between the trees and the flush median.
  • investigating development of a roundabout at the Wellington St intersection.

2014


18 December

AT completed preliminary analysis of the feedback received on the design of Franklin Rd.


1 December

Feedback closed on Franklin Road.

Between now and April 2015, the team will develop preliminary design options that meet both the project objectives and AT design standards, and take all feedback into account.


11 November

The public were encouraged to give feedback on options to improve Franklin Rd. Community information days were held and feedback could be given online until 28 November.


For more information

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