One of the big projects over the next few years will be be the seismic strengthening upgrade to the seawall along Quay St between Princes Wharf and Marsden Wharf. In preparation for that, contractors are currently digging a series of 16 trenches along Quay St to help find out what underground services exist. A map of the trench locations is below.
This work has necessitated the contractors using the cycleway for the works. In the past that would mean the cycleway would simply be closed and cyclists left to fend for themselves. But in a sign of how Auckland Transport are starting to improve, they’ve created a temporary cycleway by taking one of the car lanes.
— Twan van Duivenbooden (@twanduiv) July 2, 2018
This is excellent to see and hopefully a sign of what we should expect in future when a cycleway or bus lane is closed.
When the actual seawall project starts it’s going to see Quay St narrowed down significantly however as I understand, the cycleway will exist thought that time. In fact it was even designed with that in mind and so to shift it, it should be relatively straightforward as the concrete buffers and planter boxes can be unscrewed and shifted as appropriate.
The only downside to it all is that we’re not going to get the usage data as bikes won’t be crossing the current cycleway counter. A small price to pay I guess.
Good work in keeping this facility open Auckland Transport.