We’ve been given an updated completion target for the NW cycleway detour at St Luke’s. The newly built section is now scheduled to reopen… wait for it… over Easter. Which is kind of symbolic.

Thank you hugely for your patience during what has been (especially for commuters, school students, and those who rely on the path for local access) a long, roundabout, and occasionally bumpy process.

Over the next 6-8 weeks, you may encounter traffic management along the cycleway and around the traffic islands on St Luke’s Rd as the final touches are put in place. Travel well (and not too fast), say gidday to the workers who are surely going as fast as they can – and please let us know if you run into any issues so we can pass that on to the contractors.

Here’s the official announcement from Leighton (now officially CPB Contractors):

The St Lukes team have been working very hard and around the clock in the area to get the diversion open for the northwestern cycleway users but complications over the last month have caused the programme to slip. We have also experienced some delays in getting the new water main tested and commissioned.

The revised schedule now has us opening the whole section from St Lukes Road to Cardigan St on Saturday, 26th March 2016.

The next part of the works will be under localised Traffic Management, which will take place in the next six to eight weeks. This will involve the installation of the shared path light poles and permanent fence in the area.

The localised traffic management is to keep both the cyclists and pedestrians safe whilst we undertake the works in the area. Temporary signs will be implemented to show cyclists and pedestrians the new layout once the switch is implemented.

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26 responses to “St Lukes detour update – an end in sight

    1. complete dead duck it would seem. guess we just have to treat it like a water break – that’s what i do.

      but at carrington, where an underpass also seems to be off the menu, I do wonder if the crossing couldn’t be turned into something more substantial. For example, get rid of the ‘cyclists dismount’ signs, put up big signage on the road that says ‘major bike crossing ahead’ and has a wide strip of green paint and whatever else is needed to make it clear that people walking and biking have priority.

      1. That sounds like a practical suggestion. I did have someone shout at me for not dismounting once – I did wonder why he’d want me to keep him waiting for longer. Perhaps some people hate their lives and don’t like getting home too early.

        1. I treat these “cyclists dismount” as a legal disclaimer for the council, and read them as “shared path, peds have right of way”. But that’s probably not too PC.

      2. That would be a very good idea! It would be great if they could put the same sign also at the pedestrian crossing in St Lukes Road in front of Asquith Avenue: at the moment there’s no sign that says that cyclists can also cross here (even if there is a ramp that connects the crossing to Asquith Avenue!) and cars just don’t stop (but funny enough I noticed that usually they stop quicker if I dismount..I just don’t get it..). Anyway… I’m very very very happy to hear about the end of the detour!!!!!

      3. AT has been planning for a long while to turn this into a formal “bikes allowed” crossing as a legal trial (not yet part of the standard legal toolset in NZ). However, this isn’t exactly moving at the fastest speed. Will chase this up again on Friday’s meeting.

    2. That pedestrian crossing really is aweful to use! So many either don’t know the give way rules for zebra crossings or just don’t care!!

      With the numbers now using it would be nice to see improvements made. Maybe raising the crossing to footpath level to slow traffic down and reinforce that pedestrians have right of way!!

      1. I fully agree about the Carrington road crossing being awful but am against measures to make it a little more tolerable for cyclists and even worse for motorists. As ever more cyclists use the crossing, planners should realise that congestion up and down Carrington road is only going to get worse. They should have continued the cycleway along the side of the motorway and have it join up with the wooden section by Carrington uni just before the gt north road off ramp. All the cyclists on their way through the area wouldn’t have to cross that crossing and cycle down that bumpy road with the terrible new seal.

        1. Eh, we asked for that nack in 2010 as part of the motorway court case. We were told all space under Carrington Road Bridge was already used up by motorway lanes. U get what you pay for. And if you pay for more motorway lanes, you get more cars.

  1. I rode the NW cycleway at night after a train got cancelled on the Western Line from Henderson, and got a bit disoriented with the detour signage. I got there in the end, but it made me think that if they can provide good quality detour signage for cars, why is it that hard to provide a clear detour signage for bicyclists (that is easy to understand even at night)?… oh well, it’ll soon be over…

    1. The detour signage is better than the old off-road-section signage through Te Atatu Sth and Henderson so consider yourself lucky! “Community generated” signage is going up around the Te Atatu underpass, a great initiative by the Te Atatu folks!

      1. Agreed 😉 At least google maps was pretty good telling me where to turn (except around the Falls Hotel), all the way to Te Atatu Interchange, but St Lukes got it more lost than me… !

  2. Cool a 3rd date to miss!
    (feeling generous so won’t count ‘around 11 March’)

    1. I remember seeing the March ‘deadline’ and thinking “yup, Easter if we’re lucky”.

      Can I say how much it bugs me that it is Bike Auckland thanking us for our patience (which in my case is pretty much at an end), and not the contractors who ought to have done their planning properly to account for likely delays?

      I keenly await the next statement from CPB when (I struggle to believe in “if”) they miss their fourth deadline for this job.

  3. Any mention of what kids etc are supposed to do where they’ve closed the footpath on the official detour?

  4. Second time this year I’ve had to evade serious serious construction vehicles on Sutherland road in the middle of a reseal.
    There seemed to be some motor traffic management at the western end, but nothing at all at the eastern end.

    Is this officially listed as part of the cycleway? The brand new layer of gravel suggests they don’t consider it to be!
    (Wheel slipped out at one point it was that loose, being freshly laid. It should get safer but still horrible on thin tyres)

    1. Define “officially” – its on the official route maps, and not shown as “unfinished”, but it obviously doesn’t have cycle facilities.

      We don’t think an off-road / protected path MANDATORILY has to be there for something to be a good cycle route. Sutherland (ignoring the discussion re chipseal) is probably right on the edge of being okay. A bit too wide, and a small fraction of drivers go too fast, but the volumes are so low and drivers generally so used to people on bikes, that in practice, it’s fine 99% of the time…

      1. Yeah it’s pretty good for a road.
        These surprise works are a nightmare so far though, and not cool on an ‘officialy’ mapped cycle route.
        E.g. I was actually playing chicken with a moving tip truck laying gravel on my side of the cones last night. Snuck down the less than one metre gap on its left and carried on.
        Hindsight says the footpath would have been sensible. But no warning signs as far as I recall.

      2. Do you think it’s appropriate for them to use chip-seal at all on a designated cycle route/path?

        Right now, while it’s “fresh” it is positively dangerous even on fat mountain-bike tyres, let alone skinny road-bike tyres…

        After bedding in, it wont be quite so evil, but still not a good ride on a road-bike… I would have thought they could have stretched to the cost of a proper tarmac re-seal on a road that’s only ~350 meters long and has more bikes travel on it that cars?

  5. Crucial (short) week coming up. I’ve seen parts of a finished path at one corner! but from the motorway it still looks like plenty to do.

  6. Can some of you organising type people organise a celebration/protest event for Saturday? 🙂
    Invite some journalists.

    1. Progress appears good for once.
      Just hope the rain isn’t an excuse to fail yet again.

  7. Even if it’s still just a crossing, it’s still pretty exciting. I started cycling the NW cycleway with the detour already in place so this will be brilliant just like the recently opened underpass at Patiki road. Just need something better and more future proof at Carrington/Waterview and it will be almost perfect.

  8. Any further update? The last stretch looks ready to open they just need to open a gap in the fence.
    I got home to Waterview in 13 minutes last night with the new open section. A 3 minute gain!
    Should be even more once we get the whole new (old) section back.

    What’s 5mins delay twice a day for 6 months? By how many people on the counters?
    Use the same stupid economic arguments they do for roads and it’s cost the economy billions I’m sure.

    1. For those who haven’t ridden this way lately, the path fully opened again on Friday night (as noted on Bike Auckland’s Twitter feed).
      It’s no less hilly than before and actually seems a bit bumpier over the concrete sections – but at last it’s finally over.

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