Auckland Transport (AT) is designing a cycling and walking path that will connect Waterview and Mt Albert. The shared path is being delivered by the Well-Connected Alliance as part of the NZ Transport Agency's Waterview Connection project.
Waterview Shared Path is around 3.4km long. From Alan Wood reserve off New North Road, it follows the route of Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek to connect with Great North Road. It will be accessible from several points along the way, including Phyllis Reserve and the Unitec campus. Three new bridges will be built along the route.
The path will be built and open in stages.
Waterview Shared Path will add to Auckland’s growing cycling and
- March 2016 - Construction began.
- Early October 2017 - Expected completion.
- The path will be around 3.5m wide and constructed
- It will be
ofa low gradient to enable accessibility for all users.
- It will be well lit to provide a high level of safety.
- It will allow for future development of Albie Turner Field and Phyllis Reserve by keeping mainly to the perimeter of these parks.
- AT plans to install traffic lights at the intersection of New North Road, Soljak Place and Bollard Avenue to provide a safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.
Three bridges will be built along the route. The 2 bridges at the Waterview and Mt Albert ends of the route cross Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek to connect communities to the path.
Te Piringa (Alford Street) Bridge
Te Piringa (Alford Street) Bridge is approximately 90m long and 16m high, crossing over Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek near Great North Road. It is constructed of concrete, with 2 piles supporting the bridge deck. LED lighting within the handrail softly illuminates the bridge at night.
The bridge was opened in July 2017.
Image: Artist's impression of Te Piringa Bridge looking south.
Image: Artist's impression of Te Piringa Bridge looking east.
Soljak Place Bridge
Soljak Place Bridge is 32m long and 8m high. The structure crosses the western railway line and Te Auaunga Awa Flood Culvert to connect with Soljak Place.
The concrete bridge will have catch screens over the rail line, similar to those on motorway
Image: Artist's impression of the Soljak Place Bridge.
Phyllis to Harbutt Boardwalk
Phyllis to Harbutt Boardwalk will be approximately 82 metres long and 2m high.
The boomerang-shaped structure will create a link between Harbutt Reserve and Phyllis Reserve.
Pou whenua and artwork
Each bridge will have a large carved pou whenua (land post) or waka maumahara (memorial pillar).
AT has specially sourced the Tōtara for the pou at the Te Piringa and Soljak bridges. The wood was originally extracted from a swamp on the South Island's West Coast.
Other Māori design elements will be incorporated into the bridges and Māori artworks will appear at various locations along the shared path, including kōhatu (carved rocks).
The decision to build Waterview Shared Path results from a 2011 decision by the Waterview Connection Board of Inquiry to provide local connections for communities. Following that decision, AT has investigated options, reached agreements with some of the affected property owners and developed a design for the path.
The Well-Connected Alliance is building the path, starting from the site of Alford Street Bridge.
We expect to complete the path in October 2017.
Image: Keith Hay Park Shared Path in Mt Roskill - Waterview Shared Path will have a similar look.
The Waterview Shared Path complements the Auckland Council project to restore a 1.3km section of Te Auaunga Awa (Oakley Creek). Find out more about the Te Auaunga Awa restoration project.