We’re improving the shared path along Hutt Road to make it safer for people on foot and on bikes. It's one of our busiest commuter routes and a crucial link in the region's wider cycle network.

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Project timeline

May 2017 May construction update

The upgrade of the shared path is under way. Work will be happening in the vicinity of the Aotea Quay overbridge from Monday 8 May.

The reconstruction is being done in sections and the initial work will occur between the overbridge (near the subway) and the entrance to the Goods Shed Garden Supplies. Weather depending, improving this section will take about three weeks.

A safe route through the construction area will be provided for people on foot and bikes.

Some of the parking in this area will be affected.

Work hours will generally be 7am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Occasionally work may happen on Saturdays.

Learn more about the sorts of things that you'll see happening as part of the upgrade and what to expect.  

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Image shows how new Hutt Road bike and pedestrian facilities will look.

Separate bike and pedestrian spaces are being developed on Hutt Road, but the area will continue to function as a shared space until decisions are made about parking.

Hutt Road connections

Hutt Road is the first of two stages in Wellington’s Northern Connection between Bunny Street and Ngauranga. The second project is Thorndon Quay. The plan is that improvements along this route will connect to the central city and eventually all the way through to Melling in Lower Hutt.

  • In the first phase of work, the shared path from Aotea Quay overbridge to Caltex Fuel Stop is being reconstructed to allow for a two-way cycleway and dedicated pedestrian path in the future. Post-construction, most parts of the path will continue to operate as a shared space until such time as decisions are made about the parking.
  • This means parking spaces along the back of the shared path will generally remain in place, except where they are causing safety issues. However, some will be temporarily out of action where construction is happening.
  • The section of path between the Ngauranga intersection and the Caltex Fuel Stop will remain as is until the Petone to Ngauranga cycleway receives resource consent and is fully funded by the NZ Transport Agency, probably around 2019.
  • Using a coastal route rather than the Hutt Road has been considered, but is not a viable option at this stage for a range of reasons.

 

What’s being done on Hutt Road

Shared path improvements include: 

  • Removing most of the lamp posts and other obstacles to create more space and make things safer  
  • Resurfacing the path with concrete and asphalt to provide a smoother, more level surface to walk and bike on
  • Making safety changes at driveways and vehicle entrances to slow vehicles crossing the shared path
  • Modifying the bus stop near Placemakers to allow for the cycle bypass in behind
  • Combining the southbound bus stops from Hutt Road (north of Westminster Street) and Kaiwharawhara Road (near the Hutt Road intersection) into one new stop south of Kaiwharawara Road so buses can more easily and safely pull in and out of traffic 
  • Providing up to nine short-stay on-street car parks adjacent to the childcare centres
  • Widening the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge for the shared path
  • Installing new pedestrian and cycle crossings at the Ngauranga Gorge intersection

We are also working with the NZ Transport Agency to investigate, design, trial and implement devices which alert drivers to the presence of cyclists at business exit points, especially those cyclists heading north from the city. 

On the western side of the road

  • We have almost finished installing more than 100 new poles and more energy efficient LED lights between Tinakori Road and Jarden Mile at Ngauranga. Work on this side began in late 2016 and is expected to be finished in May 2017.
  • The new poles have outreach arms of three to four metres and better lights.
  • Tree trimming is being carried out as required.

 

What to expect during construction

The work will be completed in sections. In each, you'll see contractors:

  • Digging up and removing the old kerbs and the drainage channel (gutter)
  • Putting in new sections of kerb and channel, and bike-friendly stormwater grates
  • Using a mobile crane (Hiab) to remove lamp posts
  • Breaking and removing old asphalt and concrete
  • Laying new concrete (future footpath) adjacent to the buildings and asphalt (future cycle path) adjacent to the road

Where work is happening:

  • Areas will be fenced and coned off for safety reasons
  • People on bikes and on foot will have safe access through or around the construction area at all times
  • Pedestrian access will be provided to all businesses at all times but small detours may be in place
  • Some parking will be temporarily out of action
  • There will be some noise at times particularly where old concrete driveways are being removed
  • Traffic lanes will operate as usual at peak times but parts of the lane closest to the footpath will be closed at other times while certain jobs are carried out. Traffic management will be in place.
  • There will be diggers, construction vehicles and other machinery operating at times.
  • Surfaces may be uneven so take extra care

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