A project to deliver a 7-km-long path connecting Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the city centre and brings the community together.
As part of Auckland’s Cycle Network and the Urban Cycleway programme, our team was engaged to provide detailed design for this four-section project to help the community stay active. We overcame challenging terrain to deliver the first 1.6-kilometre segment of the shared path, bringing it up to a cycle metro standard.
Section 1 of 4 involved the design of a two-way shared pathway with bridges for stream crossings, a large, mechanically stabilised earth embankment, and other smaller retaining walls. The design meets the disability standard, controls cyclist speed, and provides rest areas on the uphill grades.
Section 2 is now under construction—the longest at nearly three kilometres, it will connect two completed sections and provide a high-quality cycling route from Glen Innes in the east to Auckland City’s waterfront.
With planned future side connections, it will become a key route to several major schools which are currently disconnected from their communities, leading to extra traffic congestion.
The Section 2 design involved some of the most challenging work on the whole route, made difficult by sensitive terrain, where heavy construction work and land modification would be ecologically and culturally destructive. It also involved resolving significant vertical differences and crossed a major railway line which resulted in complex consenting processes, successfully handled by our Urban Planning and Environmental Services team.
Section 2 showcases our skills in bringing a very complex, large-scale project to construction, and is expected to open in mid 2022. To see an overview of all four sections go to the Auckland Transport website.
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