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 (after April 2018)
- 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.
At the intersection of Hutt Road, Centennial Highway and Jarden Mile
We are planning a major upgrade of this intersection in 2018 that will make this intersection much more pedestrian and bike friendly. Work is expected to start in mid-March and take about three months.
- four new signalised crossings so people on bikes and on foot can safely cross the SH2 on-ramp, the adjacent road (off-ramp) under the motorway, Hutt Road and Jarden Mile
- new kerb ramps, bike and pedestrian cross-now lights, and wide crossings to cater for people walking and biking at all four locations
- new bike paths through the traffic island at the bottom of the gorge near the SH2 on-ramp following the existing short-cuts (desire lines) people use to get across this grassy area
- improvements at the three bus stops that are close to the intersection
- two new sections of bus lane on each side of the intersection to assist city-bound buses
- improvements to the camber of the road heading north up the gorge (the first part of Centennial Highway just north of Jarden Mile)
- resealing the whole intersection and putting in new road markings.