This Friday at 7:30am the second stage of the Beach Rd walking and cycling project will officially open – almost exactly 1 year after stage 1 opened. This extends the current Beach Rd cycleway another 400m from Mahuhu Cres to Britomart Place making it more connected to the city than it was previously. While stage 1 was largely built on space used for on-street carparking, stage 2 makes use of the wide expanse of largely empty space that exists in front of the buildings north of Mahuhu Cres – especially in front of the vile Scene buildings. Along with the cycleway there have also been some other positive gains such as removing the dangerous slip lanes of Tangihua St.
One aspect that has changed from above is that some of the planned stormwater raingardens have been cut after it was found they sit too close to the rail tunnel
Part of the underground rail tunnel was found to sit close to the intended location for stormwater raingardens. To avoid any potential damage to this structure caused by excavation needed for the gardens, this area will instead become part of an expanded shared area for pedestrians and cyclists.
Here’s stage 2 in context of the wider Beach Rd and Grafton Gully project
All up the project including stage 1 cost around $3.5 million of which $1.5 million came from the City Centre Targeted Rate
I believe the works are now mostly complete and here are a few images from a reader what the outcome looks like.
The project certainly looks beautiful and will be an asset to Auckland. There is one big concern I do have from a number of the images that I’ve seen so far though. It seems that many people are treating the cycle lane as a footpath, this is shown in the image below. Perhaps there are still signs to go in and/or it won’t be an issue once open so I’ll hold judgement for now but it is definitely an issue that I’m sure we and others will keep an eye on.
Here are also a few more images taken from one of the Scene buildings showing the works
— Adam Parkinson (@adaptreuse) September 12, 2015