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Eastern Busway Bridge
Seven Sharp ran a neat story on the new busway bridge that’s being built over the Tamaki River as part of the Eastern Busway.
City Rail Link Updates
With construction well underway the City Rail Link team continue to put out lots of updates and information.
A good example of just how deep the station will be at Karangahape Rd with 35m long reinforcing cages being placed.
And over at Mt Eden, they’ll soon start installing a temporary pedestrian and services bridge while they close the Normanby Rd crossing to grade separate, and it is also part of the grade separated rail junction that will be built.
Over the past few months, our team has been busy undertaking enabling works in preparation to start construction of the TSB structure. At the end of August we completed the north and south support piles.
More recently we installed the pile caps, steel reinforcing, formwork and concrete that form the support structure of the bridge.
Work on the main bridge structure is anticipated to start in January/February 2021 with an expected completion date of May/June 2021.
The main bridge structure is a steel truss frame, 25.5m span with about 8m high columns to clear the existing overhead line electrification. The truss structure and columns will be fabricated offsite and delivered when we are ready to lift them into place.
The columns and main span will be placed using a large 150-200 tonne mobile crane at night under electrical isolations. Temporary earthing and bonding will also be installed at this time to ensure the structure is electrically isolated. Prior to lifting the span into place, fibreglass reinforced panels and plywood will be installed to the bridge spans gangway and walls.
Once the bridge structure is completed, we’ll install large pedestrian scaffold towers and small wooden perimeter fences at the base of the towers. These scaffold towers will be regularly checked and maintained to ensure they remain fit for use. Bridge access is by way of scaffold stairs only and will not be accessible for wheelchairs, prams or bikes.
The TSB will be in operation for about 12 months while Normandy Road is closed and the permanent vehicle Normandy Road Bridge is built. Once the bridge has been completed the TSB will be dismantled and removed.
What to expect
There will be noise, vibration and dust generated from equipment on site such as excavators, 6-8 wheel trucks, concrete boom pumps, mobile cranes and elevated work platforms (EWPs). These big machines will be used for excavation, concrete works, lifting materials and working from height access. Trucks will be removing spoil and making regular deliveries of materials such as steel, scaffolding and concrete.
And here’s a time lapse of the work outside Britomart in Te Komititanga
Glen Eden Town Centre Changes
You may recall that over two years ago, Auckland Transport consulted on changes to the Glen Eden Town Centre to make it safer. Who knows what they’ve been doing all the time since then but they’ve finally announced what they plan to do.
There are definitely some improvements to what was originally designed but at the same time some things aren’t quite as good and others remain missing altogether, like anything to make it safer for people on bikes.
Improvements added since the 2018 consultation
Following feedback received during the 2018 consultation, Auckland Transport revised the number of speed tables on West Coast Road. Only two of the originally proposed speed tables will now be installed.
A new raised speed table, which was not part of the original consultation, is proposed for the intersection of Janet Clews Place and West Coast Road.
Other feedback received in 2018, told us that the Glendale Road/Oates Road intersection is unsafe. Furthermore, there was feedback about the lack of crossing facilities at this location. Auckland Transport has investigated options to redesign this intersection and is proposing a roundabout at this location. Raised zebra crossings are being proposed on the northern Glendale Road approach and on Oates Road.
A final addition to the project – a new set of traffic lights with pedestrian crossing immediately to the north of the level crossing on Glenview Road – was requested by KiwiRail. The traffic lights at this new location will be co-ordinated with the lights on West Coast Road and will provide pedestrian connections between the newly built apartments and schools/train station, as well as making the level crossing safer for people in cars.
Other minor changes made since the 2018 consultation
Some minor changes have been made at the intersection of Glenview Road and West Coast Road. The crosswalk line has been adjusted to better align with future development within the town centre.
The zebra crossing and the bus stop outside the Glen Eden Train Station will also be upgraded and there will be some minor changes to the parking and layout of the carpark.
You can see the full new proposal here.
They say these changes will start in January and be complete by mid-2021.
National Cycle Network Map
Waka Kotahi NZTA have developed an interactive map showing all the cycling networks across New Zealand.
The interactive map consists of three parts: The New Zealand Cycle Trail’s 22 Great Rides which are mainly off-road, Heartland Rides which allow people to explore scenic back roads while enjoying stunning scenery and local hospitality, as well as council cycling infrastructure (cycle lanes, cycle paths, shared paths, etc).
It is the most comprehensive map available of cycling routes in New Zealand as it gives an overview to show how they all connect.
“The new map makes it easy for people to see how the network connects so they can choose a cycling route that will be the most enjoyable option to suit their needs,” says Robyn Elston, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Senior Manager, System Design.
Map users can click on a route to access a summary of the route in terms of trail type, grade, traffic volume and speed. This allows people to determine if a ride is right for them. The summary will also include a link to more information (where available) about the route on existing websites such as the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
One thing it does highlight is just how much is missing in Auckland.
It also seems the agency haven’t included the cycleway extension they completed last year between Lincoln Rd and Westgate.
Southern Motorway Widening
Waka Kotahi are holding some open days on their plans to widen the southern motorway between Papakura and Drury South.
People in south Auckland are getting a chance to find out more about improvements to the Southern Motorway ahead of construction beginning early next year.
In late November and early December, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will be at markets, sports grounds, service stations and shops sharing information on the SH1 Papakura to Drury South project.
It is part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme, which is investing $6.8 billion in transport to save lives, get our cities moving and boost productivity in the country’s growth areas.
The Papakura to Drury South project will improve travel reliability and support growth and economic prosperity in the south.
It will improve transport choices with a new walking and cycling path, extra lanes with potential use for high occupancy vehicles and/or freight, wide road shoulders for future public transport and improved local road connections
There will also be improvements made at Papakura and Drury interchanges (the latter to allow for electrification of the adjacent rail line) and a new interchange built at Drury South.
A strong environmental focus for the project includes treating 100% of stormwater runoff from the highway and raising other bridges to address potential flooding issues.
In the meantime, the project is hosting four information days in the neighbouring communities for people to meet and talk with the Papakura to Drury South project team to learn more about these coming improvements to SH1.
- Saturday 28 November, 7am – 12pm, Pukekohe Farmer’s Market (7 Massey Avenue car park, Pukekohe)
- Saturday 28 November, 9am – 12pm, outside Drury Lotto & Superette (234 Great South Road, Drury)
- Sunday 29 November, 8am – 2pm, Pokeno Market (44 Great South Road, Pokeno)
- Saturday 5 December, 9am – 1pm, Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini (outside the Netball Centre, 90 Walters Road, Takanini).
More Rideshare services
The first privately run rideshare service linking commuters to ferries is being launched in east Auckland.
The unsubsidised MyMobigo service, run by Transdev, will use minibuses to connect people on demand, from nearby suburbs such as Howick, and Cockle Bay, with the ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay.
It is a similar concept to the publicly-funded AT Local service which Auckland Transport (AT) has been running at Devonport, on the North Shore, for two years.
Transdev’s entry into the rideshare market comes as Auckland Transport has taken first steps to set up a service in other suburbs.
In east Auckland, the MyMobigo service will from November 30, charge $4.50 for adults, and $3.50 for children and those on concessions, with booking and payment through a tailor-made mobile phone app.
AT are still deciding on what to do with Devonport but we can probably assume they want to cut the buses and continue it as they’re already talking about rolling it out in other places
AT has sought expressions of interest from technology providers, to possibly help run a similar service in Māngere and Papakura in the south, and Massey in the west.
A few final bits
Why wouldn’t we want this on Queen St too?
Incredible to be in Sydney's George St in the city centre – on what was the noisiest, most congested street – now a place for people.
All you can hear are the hushed sounds of people walking and conversing.
No traffic, no pollution pic.twitter.com/m7qm8ZX2Uu
— Sara Stace (@sara_stace) November 26, 2020
Congratulations to MrCagney for their work on developing Access for Everyone that will transform the city centre.
A mighty congrats to @MRCagney on their award for showing @AklCouncil the way to wean Aucklanders off the 1950s drive-centric city centre model and embrace streetscapes for people with Access for Everyone #A4E https://t.co/B34RiptZU3
— Chris DARBY (@DarbyatCouncil) November 25, 2020
Everywhere red is more restrictive than the MHU zone (ie impossible or difficult to build 3 storeys). Everywhere dark gray is as, or more, permissive. pic.twitter.com/DjjH3aWtpt
— solarpunk! (@ScootFoundation) November 26, 2020
Have a good weekend.