Guest blog by Jala Shekho, NZTA
Kia Ora – It’s Jala Shekho, representing the NZ Transport Agency on the Grafton Gully Cycleway project. Great news! For those who cycle, walk or drive past the construction site you can see that the first section of the path is paved, and is on track to be opened for use in July.
Construction kicked off late last year and now the team are excited to be able to let people use the first section of the cycleway. Going from the bottom of Alten Road to the top of Grafton Road, this 300metre section will be the connector to the shared walking and cycling path once the project is complete. [Editor’s note: the cycleway works will also include improvements to the crossing at Alten Road / Stanley Street to make it easier and safer to use for cyclists – these are mostly separate works by Auckland Transport and may not yet be done by July – please use the existing pedestrian crossing instead].
Now I know many of you will be eager to take the title of first user – and we are thrilled at the enthusiasm, however a quick note of caution about safety. The team will be continuing to work in the area, most notably on Churchill Road, so we ask that you stay alert of and look out for construction vehicles which will still be around. They should be well clear of the actual cycleway, however we do want to raise awareness about their presence. There will also be safety audits done once construction has been completed, and prior to opening it up this 300metre section.
For those of you keen to know more, the NZTA website has more info on the project and artistic impressions of the completed cycleway.
Enjoy the addition to your journey and if you come across any issues, or see any way we could make things better or safer, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Keep an eye out for more information as I’ll be updating you on the progress we make on this cycleway – Jala