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Taharoto-Wairau Road upgradeTaharoto-Wairau Road

The upgrade of the Taharoto-Wairau road corridor is now virtually complete. The Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections have been upgraded and the old Wairau Creek Bridge has been replaced.


Project zone: North


Project purpose

The project provides significant improvements to two intersections: Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road.

  • Replaced 1939 bridge
  • New traffic lights at the Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersection, including a new signalised pedestrian crossing across Nile Road
  • Undergrounding of telecommunication and power lines and ducting for future ultra-fast broadband services
  • Upgraded watermain network
  • On-road cycle lanes for commuters and off-road lanes around schools
  • Larger and better quality footpaths and additional pedestrian islands

The $4.2 million improvements were part of the seven-stage Taharoto-Wairau Road upgrade started in 2006 under the former North Shore City Council.

Wairau FHR Intersection ArtistBenefits

The upgrade bought a number of other benefits for all road users. These include:

  • Replacement of an outdated bridge that allows for increased road capacity;
  • Additional traffic lanes to help ease congestion;
  • On-road cycle lanes for commuters and confident cyclists;
  • Off-road cycle lanes around school areas to cater for younger and less experienced cyclists;
  • Larger and better quality footpaths;
  • Additional pedestrian islands to help people cross the road safely;
  • Landscaping and undergrounding of overhead power and telecommunication lines to improve the look of the area;
  • Improved intersections due to the installation of traffic lights and additional marked lanes;
  • Resurfacing of the road for a smoother journey.

Milestones

2012/13 - December 2012 stages 5 and 6 start. May - halfway mark
2012/13 - Wairau Bridge and traffic island completed. Commissioning of new traffic signals on Wairau, Forrest Hill and Nile Roads
2013/14 - New road and bridge finished and open for use December 2013
2013/14 - Minor works finished, project completed


Project details


Existing view of the Wairau Road and Forest Hill intersectionThe intersection improvements and bridge replacement are part of the seven-stage Taharoto-Wairau Road Upgrade started in 2006 under the former North Shore City Council.

Four stages have been completed:

  1. A section of Wairau Road outside Westlake Girls High School
  2. The Wairau Road/Shakespeare Road/Taharoto Road intersection
  3. A section of between Shakespeare and Northcote Roads
  4. Improvements to Shakespeare Road and the North Shore Hospital

The final 7th stage widens Wairau Road between the Wairau/Forrest Hill intersection and Shakespeare Road.

The main project works include:

  • replacement of the Wairau Creek Bridge to allow for increased road capacity
  • additional traffic lanes to help ease congestion
  • on-road cycle lanes for commuters and confident cyclists
  • off-road cycle lanes around school areas
  • larger and better quality footpaths
  • additional pedestrian islands
  • undergrounding of overhead power and telecommunication lines
  • traffic lights and additional marked lanes at intersections
  • road resurfacing
  • landscaping

Key fact

  • $5.4 million cost
  • 7 stages - one yet to be delivered
  • New bridge caters for a 100 - year flood
  • New bridge structure has six piles each over a metre wide and 24m deep
  • 14 precast beams each spanning about 20 metres and weighing more than 20 tonnes

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