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
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.
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- Replacement of an outdated bridge that allows for increased road capacity;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.
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
The 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:
- A section of Wairau Road outside Westlake Girls High School
- The Wairau Road/Shakespeare Road/Taharoto Road intersection
- A section of between Shakespeare and Northcote Roads
- 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
- $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