The proposed upgrade to Whangaparaoa Road (between Hibiscus Coast Highway to Red Beach Road) comprises the addition of two lanes on the south side of the existing road, improvements to underground services such as stormwater and wastewater networks, and the undergrounding of the existing overhead power lines.
This 1.6km section of the road is the sole access to the peninsula and reached its capacity of 25,000 vehicle movements a day in 2009.
A project to create a second access route between Stanmore Bay and the Northern Motorway, Penlink, is programmed to commence in 2018, however, the need to alleviate the increasing congestion on Whangaparaoa Rd has made upgrading the road a priority.
Features and benefits
- Provide improved traffic access to the peninsula;
- Reduce congestion;
- Future-proofing for public transport improvements (bus lanes);
- Improved cycling and walking facilities;
- Improved utility services by under-grounding power and providing new water and telephone services.
In 2012, Auckland Transport secured funding to progress the project to the detailed design phase, and appointed GHD Consultants Ltd to carry out the design.
The design phase followed the scheme-assessment phase, completed in 2011. The preferred option for widening the road was selected after public displays were held in August 2011.
In December 2012, households and businesses who will be affected by the project were invited to provide input into the design process.
Preferred design option
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