Taharoto-Wairau Road Upgrade
Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road intersection improvements
A further stage is underway in the on-going project to upgrade the Taharoto-Wairau road corridor.
The $4.2 million upgrade involved replacement of the old 1939 northbound Wairau Creek Bridge with one solid modern structure that sits above the 100-year flood level.
The job is nearly done. The Wairau Bridge is finished apart from a few final details, and motorists are beginning to reap the benefits. During the holiday period the contractors Demsey Wood Civil Limited completed footpaths, laid the final layer of asphalt, commisoned new traffic signals and put in line marking and street lighting.
Auckland Transport and Demsey Wood is grateful for the patience and consideration shown during this long project.
Over the next fortnight, we will be:
completing the construction of the traffic islands in Wairau Road, Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road
completing the final layer of asphalt on the intersection
painting the final line marking on the intersection
installing the overhead lanterns on the traffic signals
commissioning the new traffic signals on Wairau Road, Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road
continuing to pour the remaining footpaths around site
continuing to install the new pedestrian safety fencing on the bridge and alongside Kings Plant Barn
installing new property fences on Forrest Hill Road
starting the footpath widening works between Atlas concrete and Shakespeare Road
With the project now in its final weeks, the last remaining tasks include:
installing safety fencing along the new widened footpath and retaining wall along the Kings Plant Barn boundary
constructing the remaining Wairau Road driveways to match the new kerb lines
laying the final sections of footpath
laying the final road surface
applying new road markings
installing central median on Wairau Road and Nile Road.
To reduce traffic impacts, final road resurfacing works will take place over three consecutive nights in late November/early December.
Expect layout changes during this paving exercise, as resurfacing will be undertaken in sections. Once the dates are confirmed, the Auckland Transport contractor Dempsey Wood will be in contact with those who are likely to be directly affected.
The $4.2 million replacement of the old Wairau Creek Bridge was completed last week.
The project also included improvements to the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections.
New traffic signals have been installed at the Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersection, primarily for safety reasons, including a new signalised pedestrian crossing across Nile Road. These will be operational in early December.
The undergrounding of power and telecommunication lines was completed earlier this month and new service ducting installed for future ultra-fast broadband services.
Home water connections have also been switched over to the new upgraded watermain network.
|An old telecom services beam is lifted from the old bridge.
||An engineer inspects the final section of bridge.
||Laying asphalt on the northern side of Wairau Road|
Forrest Hill Road has been reduced to one lane until Friday 16 November (weather dependent) while road reconstruction works are completed at the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road intersection.
Expect delays to your journey time if you are travelling through the area. Please avoid the intersection and take alternative routes if at all possible.
See recommended detour routes (PDF 697KB) around the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road work zone.
Read the October Taharoto Wairau Road upgrade update (PDF 568 KB)
With the Taharoto-Wairau Road and replacement of the Wairau Creek Bridge nearing completion aerial photographs have been taken of progress to day. Please click on the images below to see enlarged pictures.
From 5 August, significant road layout changes are in place on the Wairau Creek Bridge on Wairau Road. All vehicle and foot traffic will be diverted on to the newly-built section of bridge to allow for it to be ‘stitched’ into the existing southbound bridge.
This will provide one solid modern structure that sits above the 100-year flood level. A new three-metre wide footpath with safety barriers will also be built on the north-eastern side, outside Atlas Concrete. The bridge works are expected to be completed by October.
From 5 August, the bus stop in front of Kings Plant Barn will be closed temporarily due to construction works. Please use the bus stop outside 23 Forrest Hill Road during this time.
Read the latest Taharoto - Wairau Road Upgrade Newsletter for the latest project details (PDF 408KB)
Read the latest Taharoto - Wairau Update (PDF 565KB)
Over the past two weeks, we
completed the installation of the timber pole retaining wall along Wairau Road
began constructing the foundation for the keystone wall on Wairau Road
completed the new kerb and channel on Forrest Hill Road
installed a new cesspit on the corner of Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road
poured concrete for the western bridge support beam
constructed the eastern bridge support beam, including excavation, tying of the steel reinforcing, shuttering and pouring concrete
cut and drilled the old 1939 bridge ready for removal
continued to install water, power and telecom ducting along Wairau Road
|Timber retaining wall ready for keystone wall foundation
||Installation of power and telecom ducting on Wairau Road|
Auckland Transport has reached the halfway mark in its $4.2 million upgrade of the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections on the North Shore.
The milestone is marked by completion of the first half of the new Wairau Creek Bridge, which will replace the outdated bridge built in 1939.
Auckland Transport urges motorists to adhere to the temporary 30km/h speed limit through the construction zone and be aware of road layout changes on the northbound approach to the bridge.
|Concrete pour on the new Wairau Bridge.
||Water main being installed.|
Read the latest update on this project (February 2013) (796KB)
Read the December 2012 newsletter on this project (PDF 6 MB)
Read the December 3 update (PDF 84KB)
The $4.2 million construction works include a major upgrade of the Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections and the replacement of the old Wairau Creek Bridge.
Construction will be undertaken by contractor Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd, started before Christmas and is expected to be completed late 2013.
The upgrade is set to bring a large number of other benefits for all road users. These 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 due to the installation of traffic lights and additional marked lanes
Resurfacing of the road for a smoother journey
The intersection improvements and bridge replacement are part of the seven-stage Taharoto-Wairau Road Upgrade started in 2006 under the former North Shore City Council.
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 Shakespeare Road and the North Shore Hospital entrance.
The improvements to the Wairau/Forrest Hill and Forrest Hill/Nile intersections 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.
The project will provide significant improvements to two intersections - Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road.
The upgrade also includes the replacement of the old northbound Wairau Creek Bridge, built in 1939. The road surface on the new bridge will be built to the same level as the other existing Wairau Road traffic lanes. A huge drilling rig hs been brought in to drill piles for the new bridge (see image right)
The project is causing some unavoidable disruption and inconvenience, but every effort is being made to keep negative impacts to a minimum.
The majority of works will take place between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 4pm on Saturdays. There will be no construction work on Sundays. The occasional night works may be required but these will be notified in advance and will generally be completed by midnight.
Construction has been going on throughout December and will continue through January to take advantage of the lower traffic volumes over the school holiday period.
Summary of works to be undertaken over the 2012/2013 holiday season:
Removal of existing traffic islands
Construction of new bridge retaining walls
Large piling rig established on site
Drilling of large diameter holes for new bridge support
Demolition of a portion of the old bridge
Construction of the new bridge will start
Road widening and installation of underground services on the corner of Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road
Between 3 – 28 January, Wairau Road is reduced to one lane in each direction to allow for the use of the piling rig on site. The rig is drilling holes for the new Wairau Creek bridge supports. The bridge will be demolished and rebuilt in sections to avoid the need for a complete road closure.
Additional traffic lanes will be reinstated on 29 January to coincide with the start of the school term.
Expect some delay to your journey time during the construction period and use alternative routes if at all possible. Listen to Timesaver Traffic on your radio to find out about any major delays.
To help reduce congestion during the construction period, use alternative routes or consider carpooling, walking, cycling or taking public transport, if it is an option for you.
For safety reasons, please respect the traffic management measures put in place – particularly the 30km/h speed limit imposed along the route during the construction period.
Access on the southern side of Wairau Road across the existing narrow footbridge has been closed until 28 January. When schools re-open for Term 1, pedestrians will have a temporary path along the southern side of the new bridge.
During the first school term, the existing signalised crossing across Wairau Road (near its intersection with Forrest Hill Road) will be removed for safety reasons. Please use the nearby pedestrian crossings at the Porana Road intersection or outside Westlake Girls High School.
The signalised crossing at the bottom of Forrest Hill Road will still be available. From 29 January, the footpath on the northern side of Wairau Road (in front of properties 21, 27, 31, 33, 35 and 45) will be temporarily closed to pedestrians. If you need to cross Wairau Road north of the intersection, please do so at the Porana Road intersection.
Bus stop relocations
The bus stop outside 21 Wairau Road has been temporarily relocated next to the motorway overpass (outside 41 Wairau Road).
The bus stop opposite 27 Wairau Road has been temporarily relocated to the existing bus stop outside Westlake Girls High School (opposite Atlas Concrete). From 29 January (when school comes back) this bus stop will be back in its original position opposite 27 Wairau Road.
The bus stop outside Kings Plant Barn on Forrest Hill Road may be temporarily closed at some point to allow construction works to take place. This will be notified in advance closer to the time but it is likely to happen around May 2013. When this bus stop is closed, bus passengers will have to use the bus stop outside 23 Forrest Hill Road.
Please contact us if you have further enquiries about this project