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.
- An extension was approved in November 2017, which means the section of pathway between Aotea Quay overbridge and the Tinakori Road intersection will also be widened and upgraded.
- 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
- marking about 70 new off-peak parking spaces next to the kerb north of Westminster Street (clearway 7am to 9.30am)
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 installed more than 100 new poles and more energy efficient LED lights between Tinakori Road and Jarden Mile at Ngauranga.
- The new poles have outreach arms of three to four metres and better lights.
- Tree trimming has been carried out as required.