Guest blog by Elizabeth Collins, NZTA

Northwestern Cycleway RosebankHi everyone – a heads-up that work will begin in early May to upgrade SH16 and the shared path between Great North Road and Te Atatu.

I’m Elizabeth Collins from the NZ Transport Agency and also part of the Causeway Alliance who will be doing the upgrade work for the NZTA. We’re keen to keep you up to speed with the changes that you will notice on the shared path between May and the end of 2016. We’re also keen make sure you’ll be kept safe – and interruptions to your trip minimised – during the shared path and highway improvements.

It’s been hugely valuable for us to have had (and continue to have) input from Barbara, Max, Tommo and other CAA members to the shared path changes and info signs we are preparing for you. Feel free to send me (elizabeth.collins@sh16causeway.co.nz) your feedback and suggestions so that we can make your trip alongside SH16 as smooth as possible. A “no-surprises” approach is our favourite.

Separately, I’ll be writing a regular, brief email update about the project and particular aspects of it, so if you’d like to be added to the email list for that, please let me know. The content will vary from traffic info to construction insights, progress photos, and a window on the world of the project team who will be based next to the Te Atatu Pony Club from late May. Here’s a project fact for you for starters…one of our engineering geologists, Joanna, was telling me earlier this week about the Pleistocene, Holocene and Miocene-aged materials that form the base layers of the causeway. It’s incredible to think that Miocene materials are…20 million years old.

Meanwhile, down the road at the Lincoln Road Interchange, Lisa would like to let you know that the concrete for the new shared path has recently been poured for part of the new shared path across the Henderson Creek Bridge and that section is on track for opening early next year.

Thanks for your patience while we upgrade the SH16, shared path and causeway between Te Atatu and Great North Road.

Safe travels

Elizabeth

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