As the likely effects of the proposed East-West Link sink in, here comes some happier news from a project along the other Onehunga shore. The Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Project has been busy reconnecting the people to the water, across the motorway, undoing the separation created by the installation of the Southwest Motorway in the 1970s

[NB these are two separate projects, but you can do the maths: Onehunga was cut off from its harbour waterfront four decades ago, and we are only now regaining ease of access to the water and restoring the ecosystem. If the East-West Link were to be built, it could take much of our children’s lifetime before that side of the inner harbour is similarly restored].

The good news from Fulton Hogan / Auckland Transport is that they are installing a new shared-use path for walkers and bike riders along Orpheus Drive. This is an additional extension to the paths along the south side of the street, from the end of the Manukau Cruising Club carpark to the base of Seacliffe Road.

Orpheus Drive will be closed to general traffic during construction hours (Monday to Friday – 6.30am to 5.30pm; Saturday – 6.30am to 1pm) until the work is completed around the end of October. It will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists at all times.

Elsewhere, the site has been planted and seeded, with the grass already starting to come through. And all headlands and eight of the nine beaches are complete (all pictures below courtesy of Fulton Hogan).

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Sanding
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Grassing
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Growing

Works taking place over the next few months include:

  • Installation of the park’s footpath network
  • Construction of the Orpheus Drive carpark
  • Installation of park furniture
  • Commissioning of the toilet block
  • Construction of a shared path on Orpheus Drive for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Sanding of the final beach
  • Construction of the boat ramp’s turning bay and access road
  • Installation of the bridge’s timber cladding and safety screens.
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A smooth path to the half pipe…
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A view from the new overbridge

We appreciate the update and the efficient work Fulton Hogan are carrying out. It’s wonderful to think of this restorative project being completed in time for late spring and summer access.

And as we gaze back at the inner harbour, we note that while it’s good to right these urban wrongs – it’s better still not to commit them in the first place.

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Bridging the gap: a spectacular photo of the new pedestrian and bike access being lowered into position. (Pic: Fulton Hogan)
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2 responses to “Restoring the Onehunga Harbour foreshore – a progress report

  1. Too true. St Mary’s Bay was similarly divorced from the water in the late 50’s when the Harbour Bridge was built and we were also severed by an on and off ramp to boot. My understanding is that we got the Point Erin Baths in return. Thanks to the efforts of the St Mary’s Bay Association and the Waitemata Board, it was with the Victoria Park Tunnel that we received some serious remediation with an effective acoustic shield and awesome landscaping. Together with the Westhaven Promenade it’s transformed the suburb. Most notable is so many more people know each other, this maybe centred on the dog walking community but I’m sure it will infect others in time. Also warms my heart to see so many more people, families, older people out giving cycling ago on the shared paths. And it seems to be working very well. Fingers crossed the same happens in the Onehunga community.

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