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Another link in Auckland’s cycleway chain

Another link in Auckland’s cycleway chain

As the Grafton Gully cycleway project moves towards another significant milestone – constructing the connection between Ian McKinnon Drive and the cycleway - the NZ Transport Agency advises drivers of project-related changes in central Auckland that will affect them.

Next Monday (7 July), work will start on the reconfiguration of Upper Queen Street between Ian McKinnon Drive and Canada Street for the construction of a shared path, linking the Northwestern and Grafton Gully cycleways.

• From next Monday (7 July) until Wednesday 30 July, Upper Queen Street between Ian McKinnon Drive and Canada Street will be reduced to four lanes to enable construction of the shared path on the eastern side. The traffic islands on the corner of Ian McKinnon Drive and Upper Queen Street will be removed and temporary traffic signals installed.

• Throughout August, construction work on Upper Queen Street between Ian McKinnon and Canada Street will be switched to the western side of the road. The traffic islands on the corner of Canada Street and Upper Queen Street will be removed and temporary traffic signals installed.

“These restrictions will mean some congestion and delays for people who use this area, but it also means we’re nearing the end of constructing this hugely positive project for Auckland,” says the Transport Agency’s acting Highway Manager, Steve Mutton.

“We’ll also be taking advantage of low traffic volumes overnight and reducing the lanes to get even more work done, however people should allow more time to get where they are going and be patient.”

The Grafton Gully cycleway is a 1.9 kilometre-long extension of the Northwestern Cycleway and is due to be completed in September.

“We’re working with both Auckland Transport and Auckland Council to provide people who cycle in the city with additional safer route options” says Mr Mutton.

Other improvements to the Northwestern Cycleway are also underway on the Western Ring Route Projects along Northwestern Motorway (SH16) at the causeway, and the Lincoln Road and Te Atatu Road interchanges. Cycleway improvements are also part of the upgrade of the St Lukes interchange due to start shortly. ENDS

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