This coming week, there will be a shift in the road along Great North Road near the intersection with the motorway works, to facilitate some upcoming works.  NB It’s not immediately clear how this move to the left will affect the section where the cycling/walking path intersects with the entrance/exit to the service station – a known dicey spot. We’re counting on you to let us know ASAP if you encounter any issues here, or anywhere along this stretch.

(Words and images below via the Waterview Connection crew.)

There will be significant changes to a section of Great North Road at Waterview next week that will affect all road users – drivers, cyclists and walkers, as work continues towards completing the Waterview Connection project.

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From Thursday 3 March, Great North Road and the adjacent footpath / cycleway near the BP Service Station at Waterview will be diverted further west until the end of the year.

The number of Great North Road traffic lanes – two in each direction – will remain and the shared use path on the eastern or service station side of Great North Road will be moved alongside the diverted lanes.

The service station remains open for business but there will be a re-configured exit lane for drivers to safely re-join Great North Road. Preparatory work, including new road markings, for the new layout starts Sunday evening (28 February).  This work will continue for four nights and all the work is weather dependent.

The diversion is so the NZ Transport Agency’s Waterview Connection project can build a trench to remove exhaust fumes from the Waterview tunnels.

The trench will be excavated across Great North Road and take exhaust fumes to a ventilation stack which will be built near the service station.

WaterviewstackPS a useful reminder  – there’s a bridge in it for us.

A construction compound will also be set up nearby at Oakley Esplanade to help with work on the Alford Street Bridge which is one of three bridges which will form part of the Waterview Shared Path, a walking and cycling connection through Mount Albert and Waterview.

From the AT project website: ‘The Alford Street Bridge will be approximately 16m high and 90m long, crossing over Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek near Great North Road. It will be constructed in concrete, with two piles supporting the bridge deck. LED lighting within the handrail will softly illuminate the bridge at night.’

Alford Street Bridge looking south - artist's impression (indicative). Pic via AT.
Alford Street Bridge looking south – artist’s impression (indicative). Pic via AT.
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12 responses to “It’s just a jump to the left: Great North Road at Waterview

  1. The petrol station’s new driveway appears as though it will be squarer, which is already an improvement.
    The previous removal of trees (while a shame in itself) had already improved safety a bit.
    Still need drivers to look both ways for bikes. Many don’t, which is why I stick to the road until after that point when northbound.

  2. What a pleasure it is to hear about works before they appear in front of your bike… On Friday a hi-viz clad worker was waving down cyclists and passing out leaflets on this very topic… Those Leightons clowns a few km up the road/shared-path at St Lukes could learn a thing or two about timing and clarity of communication from the Well Connected Alliance…

  3. Just a quick update… this detour was a little late arriving (a week later than planned)… but they’ve only detoured the cars… the original shared-path is still open for cyclists and pedestrians… (slightly narrower than usual because of some temporary fencing- but still much wider than many other shared paths).

    1. It was planned for Thursday 3rd and was done (probably overnight) ready for Friday 4th.
      As you say the cycle way is not yet diverted, which is great, but probably won’t last long, they’ve allocated the space in the loop for the diverted shared path.
      Given this will be for the whole rest of the year I hope the diverting step-up ramp is remediated a bit better than it was done in 2013/14. It is a pinch point and big bump for bikes, in what should be a free flowing cycleway.
      (If you are looking for it, It’s at the southern start point of the diversion, where the shared path has to go up a (made for pedestrians) ramp to join the road level).
      Street view 2014: https://goo.gl/maps/JRgZZpm4JVF2

      1. Thanks for this, John – we’ve passed your observation on to the crew overseeing the diversion. Could you keep an eye on things over the next little while, and let us know how it turns out? Cheers!

          1. I met with them today on site (got up extra early!) and discussed the layout – it seems they may switch over today / tomorrow. They will provide a widened ramp at the south end – keep us in the loop as to how it looks/works once it is done.

            They intend to keep a speed-bumpy kind of berm at the north end, where the shared path will cross over the petrol station exit, and also modify the hoardings a bit so they don’t block the view around the corner. Again, tell is if/how things are working once the switch occurs.

          2. Switch happened during the day today.
            Review score: 9/10

            Nice and wide around the bend 🙂 great wide clear looking truck exit with yellow floor markings in the middle. (true test will be when a truck is coming out).

            The southern ramp previously mentioned is much more usable with the asphalt patch job, despite still not being 100% smooth and traversable at full speed.

            They’ve made a nice little ramp at the northern end, but it is too square. I simply hopped down the curb 5 metres before getting to it (heading south) to maintain the optimal line. It’s fine the way it is but with a slightly better angle a slow down through the dog leg could have been avoided.

            Funny hump ramp was fine, it flashed by and didn’t see why it was needed, but not inconvenient at all.

            Fresh path markings are great everywhere… except the petrol station faux-driveway!
            A car was queued perfectly across the entire path! (behind another car waiting for a gap) I couldn’t actually see if there were markings and maybe the guy was just ignoring them, but yellow crossed lines like the truck exit would be great there.

          3. I completely agree with John… some minor tweaks could improve it, but not a bad job at all.

          4. Petrol station exit, is actually quite terrible if a vehicle happens to be using it as you approach. They’ve all been completely blocking the path every time I’ve encountered one.
            This morning heading north, I flew down off the slippery hump ramp thing round the corner, and then skidded to an abrupt stop just avoiding running square into the side of a ute.
            Total right of way seems to be with the vehicle waiting for a stream of on road traffic to go past. No room to swerve around them like there used to be.
            Safety aside(!) it is a big hassle to build the speed back up from the high gear you’ve had to stop on.

      2. Maybe it was the hi-vis guy handing me a leaflet saying “tomorrow” on the previous Thursday that mislead me as to the planned timings? No biggie… just nice to be warned at all.

  4. Yesterday the southern ramp was fenced off and forced me out into road traffic unexpectedly.
    No advanced warning signs 🙁

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