In late December 2009, North Shore City Council and its contractor, Arrow, completed a $2m shared footpath and cycleway over the Oteha stream.
It is located on the Albany Highway between the new Albany Senior High School and Wharf Road near the junction of State Highway 17.
Students of the new school, which opened on 2 February, were able to walk or cycle along a repaved and wider path that has been designed to make their journey to school safer.
The new ‘share with care’ path is designed to encourage students of the school to walk or cycle and is part of a suite of improvements planned for Albany Highway to help make it safer, and more user-friendly for all road users.
Design and construction
The new shared pedestrian and cycle bridge is now at a higher level than the road and motor vehicle bridge – by approximately 2.6m. This is so it meets best practice construction standards and is able to maintain its integrity in the case of a 100 year flood event. The motor vehicle bridge will be widened and raised to the level of the new pedestrian/cycle bridge in the future.
Pedestrian and cycle bridge design
The new shared pedestrian and cycle bridge is now 3m wide to safely and easily accommodate the increased cycle and pedestrian traffic which the Albany Senior High School creates. The previous footbridge was only 1.2m wide.The new pedestrian and cycle bridge is a concrete structure with handrails that incorporate an attractive reed screen design.
On Saturday 10 October 2009, two large cranes (300 tonne and 200 tonne) installed the main beam. The 55 tonne bridge beam was lowered into place in a tandem lift manoeuvre.
Additional project benefits
An easier and safer journey for everyone who wants to use the Albany Highway by bike or foot thanks to a repaved and wider path
Improved lighting and safety for people using the underpass leading to Massey University
Newly planted native trees
Landscaping, design features for the new 'share' pedestrian and cycle bridge and the provision of rubbish bins along the path.
The project was jointly funded by the North Shore City Council, the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Transport Agency. The council intends to upgrade Albany Highway in the future and the design of the path and shared pedestrian and cycle bridge has taken this into account.
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