The development of the two-way bike path around Akau Tangi / Evans Bay between Carlton Gore Road on Oriental Bay and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) at Greta Point is a major project that will take about two years. The first section around Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham (highlighted in yellow on the map below) is expected to take about 10 months.
A 30km/h speed limit will be in place at all times where work is happening.
Between 9am and 4pm, traffic will be down to one lane through the work zone most of the time.
Temporary traffic lights will operate at these times.
Outside these hours, including at peak times, traffic lanes will operate as normal in both directions.
The work site and construction fences mean the traffic lanes will be narrower than usual, which is why the 30km/h speed limit will be in place at all times.
Weekend work is possible at times.
It will take longer to travel through this area particularly 9am to 4pm, so take another route if you can or allow extra time.
Large vehicles and goods trucks that can’t use the Mt Victoria Tunnel will still be able to use the route.
People will be able to walk, run and bike through this area at all times, but will need to take extra care.
The existing on-road bike lanes will be out of action where work is happening, so people on bikes will generally need to share the 30km/h section of road with other traffic.
Parking in the work area will be affected.
Bus stops will need to be temporarily relocated at times during the construction period.
Construction contractor Downer will start work on Oriental Parade near the intersection of Carlton Gore Road in late April 2019. Over about 10 months, they will work around Ōmarukaikuru/Point Jerningham to complete the landscaping and the first 800m of the two-way bike path and new footpath.
Contractors will be excavating down to the existing seawall foundations that were built in the 1930s so the new sections of seawall can be completed. The pre-cast concrete panels will be craned into place.
New sections of two-way bike path will gradually replace the existing narrow on-road bike lanes.
Construction of the new two-way bike path and separate footpath will continue in sections as far as the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) at Greta Point.
Detailed designs for the areas between Ōmarukaikuru/Point Jerningham and NIWA are still in development. This will involve more discussion with local residents in some locations.
New pedestrian crossings will be installed at Kio Bay and Balaena Bay.
Parking on the seaward side will be against a kerb, as now, with a .8m-1m-wide buffer between the kerb and the bike path to give people space for getting in and out of cars.
Bus stops on the seaward side will have a 1.5m-wide buffer between the kerb and bike path for people getting on and off buses.