Covid-19 and water restrictions have meant we have encountered construction delays on some sections of Tamaki Drive. The following have had their completion dates revised as follows:
- Work between the Ngapipi Bridge and Solent Street intersection will be completed in May 2021.
- Work between Solent Street and the Strand is due to start February with completion in August 2021.
Tāmaki Drive full closure update
As part of the Tāmaki Drive cycle path project, Tāmaki Drive – between The Strand and Ngapipi Road – will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 10pm Friday 14 August until the evening of Sunday 16 August.
During the closure a 450-tonne crane will install 60-tonne beams on the new pedestrian bridge at Point Resolution.
Lifting the beams onto the new bridge will be no small task. Working on the reclaimed land around Point Resolution has a number of issues and will require a specific crane to be used.
The crane will need to be setup in two locations to safely perform the job. It takes at least 18 hours to set up the crane, lift the beams into place and then be dismantled. Once the crane has been moved to the second location, it will take another 18 hours to complete the work.
Alternative routes into the city
People who drive into the city along Tamaki Drive, will face delays between 7am – 7pm throughout the duration of the works.
To avoid the construction related delays on Tamaki Drive, Auckland Transport advises city bound commuters from Glen Innes, Glendowie or Pt England to use public transport. If you do need to use your vehicle, AT suggests you avoid Tamaki Drive and use the following alternatives as these may get you to the city or motorways faster than along Tamaki Drive.
Orakei Road and Shore Road to Parnell and motorways
St Johns Road and Remuera Road to Newmarket and motorways
Tamaki Drive project start of work and traffic management
Work on the Tamaki Drive improvements and cycleway project, between Quay Street and the Ngapipi Bridge, is about to start. These works are likely to impact traffic flows during peak periods, however traffic management will be in place at all times. During construction, we will operate a ‘tidal flow’ traffic system to prioritise peak traffic flows.
Tidal Flow Traffic Management
The tidal flow traffic system is designed to improve traffic flows by having two lanes open during peak periods. On Tāmaki Drive, during morning peak there will be two lanes open heading toward the city, and during evening peak there will be two lanes open heading east. To avoid delays, you may want to change your route or, if you can, travel outside peak hours.
Image: Tidal flow road layout.