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With the project now in its final weeks, the last remaining tasks include:
- installing safety fencing along the new widened footpath and retaining wall along the Kings Plant Barn boundary
- constructing the remaining Wairau Road driveways to match the new kerb lines
- laying the final sections of footpath
- laying the final road surface
- applying new road markings
- installing central median on Wairau Road and Nile Road.
To reduce traffic impacts, final road-resurfacing works will take place over three consecutive nights in late November/early December.
Expect layout changes during this paving exercise, as resurfacing will be undertaken in sections. Once the dates are confirmed, the Auckland Transport contractor Dempsey Wood will be in contact with those who are likely to be directly affected.
The $4.2 million replacement of the old Wairau Creek Bridge was completed last week.
The project also included improvements to the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections.
New traffic signals have been installed at the Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersection, primarily for safety reasons, including a new signalised pedestrian crossing across Nile Road. These will be operational in early December.
The undergrounding of power and telecommunication lines was completed earlier this month and new service ducting installed for future ultra-fast broadband services.
Home water connections have also been switched over to the new upgraded watermain network.
Forrest Hill Road has been reduced to one lane until Friday 16 November (weather dependent) while road reconstruction works are completed at the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road intersection.
Expect delays to your journey time if you are travelling through the area. Please avoid the intersection and take alternative routes if at all possible.
See our recommended detour routes around the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road work zone (PDF 697KB)
Read the October Taharoto/Wairau Road upgrade update (PDF 568KB)
With the Taharoto-Wairau Road and replacement of the Wairau Creek Bridge nearing completion, aerial photographs have been taken of progress to day. Please click on the images to see enlarged pictures.
From 5 August, significant road layout changes are in place on the Wairau Creek Bridge on Wairau Road. All vehicle and foot traffic will be diverted on to the newly-built section of bridge to allow for it to be ‘stitched’ into the existing southbound bridge.
This will provide one solid modern structure that sits above the 100-year flood level. A new three-metre wide footpath with safety barriers will also be built on the north-eastern side, outside Atlas Concrete. The bridge works are expected to be completed by October.
From 5 August, the bus stop in front of Kings Plant Barn will be closed temporarily due to construction works. Please use the bus stop outside 23 Forrest Hill Road during this time.
- Read the latest Taharoto-Wairau Road Upgrade Newsletter (PDF 408KB)
- Read the latest Taharoto-Wairau update (PDF 565KB)
Over the past two weeks, we:
- completed the installation of the timber pole retaining wall along Wairau Road;
- began constructing the foundation for the keystone wall on Wairau Road;
- completed the new kerb and channel on Forrest Hill Road;
- installed a new cesspit on the corner of Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road;
- poured concrete for the western bridge support beam;
- constructed the eastern bridge support beam, including excavation, tying of the steel reinforcing, shuttering and pouring concrete;
- cut and drilled the old 1939 bridge ready for removal;
- continued to install water, power and telecom ducting along Wairau Road.
Left: Timber retaining wall ready for keystone wall foundation
Right: Installation of power and telecom ducting on Wairau Road
Auckland Transport has reached the halfway mark in its $4.2 million upgrade of the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections on the North Shore.
The milestone is marked by completion of the first half of the new Wairau Creek Bridge, which will replace the outdated bridge built in 1939.
Auckland Transport urges motorists to adhere to the temporary 30km/h speed limit through the construction zone and be aware of road layout changes on the northbound approach to the bridge.
- Read the February 2013 update on this project (796KB)
- Read the December 2012 newsletter on this project (PDF 6MB)
- Read the December 2012 update (PDF 84KB)
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