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January 2018 January construction update
Work outside Placemakers and Spotlight is complete. The two areas where construction is happening now are just to the south of Westminster Street by Java Interiors and the Fabric Warehouse, and also in front of Carters and 172 Hutt Road – home to Active Explorers childcare centre (formerly i-kids) and StorageOne.
This means everyone needs to be patient, take extra care and respectfully share these areas. If you are riding, please slow down. This is particularly important near the childcare centre. Wrangling young children can be tricky, and we want everyone to be able to use this area safely.
The angle parking outside this building has been removed. A lay-by with nine new short-stay car parks is being developed on the road next to Active Explorers, but until it is finished, most people dropping and picking up children will be parking on the footpath north or south of the construction zone.
As well as the short-stay car parks, about 70 off-peak car parking spaces are being developed north of Westminster Street between Placemakers and Winger BMW. Once these are in place in March, all the remaining footpath parking will be phased out.
However, even when the new bike and pedestrian paths are complete, and the footpath parking is gone, everyone will still need to watch out for each other. If you are riding, please make sure you slow down and take extra care around driveways, bus stops and other places where people may be crossing.
Just as we sometimes have to wait when people momentarily block traffic lanes as they get into parallel parking spaces – or let someone coming the other way have the right of way on a narrow section of street – there will be times when people on bikes will need to slow down for a pedestrian or negotiate cars that are partially blocking these pathways as they endeavour to get out of driveways.
Ideally people driving should wait until the footpath, bike path and road are all clear before crossing the paths and turning out, but that’s not always possible particularly at busy times. Getting out on to Hutt Road can be difficult, so there needs to be some give and take.
We are putting in new pavement markings to indicate driveways and other places where extra care is required, but these can’t go in until the new asphalt has had time to cure, and so are normally the last thing to happen. Please ride at a safe speed and take care.
30 November 2017 November construction update More Less
The section of Hutt Road between Aotea Quay overbridge and Spotlight is expected to be complete by Christmas, apart from the widening of the bridge over the Kaiwharawhara Stream, which is now expected to happen after Easter. This work has had to be carefully coordinated as the pipes alongside the bridge, which supply fuel to the inter-island ferries, have to be relocated before the bridge can be widened - something that can only be done at a time of the year when there is less inter-island travel happening.
The contractors will be taking a break from 20 December, but will be back on the job from 8 January. The focus will be completing the remaining work between Placemakers and Westminister Street, including creating about 70 new off-peak parking spaces. They will then move on to the recently-approved section between the Aotea Quay overbridge and the Tinakori Road intersection. Work is likely to continue until about mid-2018.
Significant work will also be done over summer at the major Ngauranga intersection of Hutt Road, Centennial Highway and Jarden Mile. The road will be resurfaced, bus lay-bys tidied up on both sides, and kerbs and crossings altered to make things easier and safer for people on foot and bikes.
23 November 2017 Councillors agree to extend the Hutt Road improvements More Less
The Council's City Strategy considered and approved the proposal to extend the Hutt Road walking and biking improvements as far as the Tinakori Road intersection and create 70 new off-peak car parking spaces between Westminster Street and Placemakers. A clearway will be in place between 7am and 9.30am. The parking adjacent to Winger BMW and La Cloche may not be viable long-term as traffic flows increase, but will be put in place in the meantime and removed in the future if necessary. The changes will be made early in 2018. The remaining footpath parking north of Westminister Street will go from early March.
16 October 2017 Consultation closes on extending walking and biking facilities, and creating new parking More Less
Consultation has closed on a proposal to create some new on-road parking along Hutt Road, and to continue the upgrade of the walking and biking facilities further south to the intersection of Tinakori Road. We received more than 150 submissions and more than 80 percent supported the plan to widen the path and put in separate walking and biking paths consistent with the facilities being developed north of the overbridge. Councillors are expected to consider the submissions and make a decision in late November.
2 October 2017 Hutt Road footpath parking ban between Spotlight and Aotea Quay overbridge
From 2 October, people parking on any part of the new foot and bike paths along Hutt Road between Spotlight and the Aotea Quay overbridge risk getting a ticket. The parking that occurs on the shared path north of Spotlight will also be phased out as construction work on this section is completed.
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