Media release: 28 October 2012
Auckland Transport is expecting to start the next phase of the Taharoto-Wairau Corridor Upgrade in late November.
The $4.2 million roading project involves a major upgrade of Takapuna’s Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections and includes the replacement of the old northbound Wairau Creek bridge, built in 1939. The road surface of the new bridge will be built to the same level as the other existing Wairau Road traffic lanes.
Construction will be undertaken by contractor Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd and is expected to be completed by late 2013.
The intersection improvements and bridge replacement are part of the seven-stage Taharoto-Wairau Corridor Upgrade started under the former North Shore City Council in 2006. Four stages have already been completed, including a section of Wairau Road outside Westlake Girls High School, the Wairau Road/Shakespeare Road/Taharoto Road intersection, a section of Taharoto Road between Shakespeare Road and Northcote Road and improvements to the Shakespeare Road intersection and North Shore Hospital entrance.
The upcoming improvements will see the completion of a further two stages. The final stage proposes to widen Wairau Road between the Wairau/Forrest Hill intersection and Shakespeare Road.
Set to provide a number of benefits to road users, the upgrade will include:
Replacement of an outdated bridge that will also allow for increased road capacity
Additional traffic lanes to help ease congestion
On-road cycle lanes for commuters and confident cyclists
Off-road cycle lanes around school areas to cater for younger and less experienced cyclists
Larger and better quality footpaths
Additional pedestrian islands to help people cross the road safely
Landscaping and undergrounding of overhead power and telecommunication lines to improve the look of the area
Improved intersections with the installation of traffic lights and additional marked lanes
Resurfacing of the road for a smoother journey
Further information on the construction project and its expected impacts will be available closer to the start date.