What’s this project about?
The completion of an Eastern Bays Shared Path has been included in past Hutt City Council strategies and is a key project in providing a safe and integrated network for commuting and recreational purposes under the current strategy “Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014 – 2019”.
The project is considered part of the Great Harbour Way/Te Aranui o Pōneke which is a walking and cycling route around Te Whanganui-a-tara, the harbour of Wellington from Fitzroy Bay in the east to Sinclair Head in the west.
Previous designs for a shared path were dependant on the replacement of almost the entirety of the existing seawalls with a modern fit for purpose structure which is more effective at reflecting wave energy, thus reducing potential overtopping during storm events. This design allowed for the provision of a shared path on top of the structure.
Recent seawall structural assessments have indicated that complete replacements aren't economically justified, as many sections still have over 20 years' residual life. Some sections, however, are considered to have less than 5 years' life and will be replaced by a modern fit for purpose structure.
This project is all about developing options for a shared path connection that isn't dependent on the complete continuous replacement of the existing seawalls, to ensure potential solutions are affordable.
The project focuses on improving the safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Marine Drive between:
- Point Howard and the northern end of Days Bay
- The southern end of Days Bay (Windy Point) to Eastbourne (Muritai Road / Marine Parade intersection)
Days Bay is not included as part of the scope of this project as it currently provides a lower speed limit, some safe facilities for pedestrians and increased widths for on-road cyclists.
Note: arrows indicate approximate length and area of study
How the community benefits from the Shared Path
The Shared Path will provide:
- A safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists on a high speed, busy road
- Improved sight distance for road users
- A reduction of accidents and injuries
- Attractive facilities for new users
- Improved connectivity between Eastern Bays and the wider Hutt Valley
- Increased choice of different ways to travel
- An improved access to existing trails and walkways.
Depending upon the options selected and design details, it is also possible that the a shared path may offer some increased sea defence by redirecting waves and debris back away from the shared path facility.
Where are we at?
We've been developing the investigation and design further, using technical information alongside community feedback. A variety of specialists are giving us technical advice: including specialists in ecology, landscape, resource planning, coastal processes and urban design.
Read our FAQs
View our plans and section diagrams (PDF 11MB)
The project team has developed a number of designs for the two path width options, including options to treat the more sensitive areas around the beaches.
View plans and sections diagrams for the variant options (PDF 1.7MB)
Simulated shared path views
Take a look at a selection of simulated views for the shared path, encompassing key areas of the Eastern Bays.
The current project timeline* is:
|Workshops with NZTA and community groups
|First Community Open Day
|Indicative Business Case with recommended concept options to develop further
|Detailed Business Case (preliminary design of 1-2 options)
||May - August 2017
|Further community engagement
|Agreed Preferred Option
|Detailed Design of Preferred Option
||Early to mid 2018
*Timeline is subject to change
The project is progressing well: we held a series of meetings during August to engage with the community and get your feedback on the options. The project team has developed a number of designs for the two path width options, including options to treat the more sensitive areas around the beaches. Your input will be incorporated into the technical information, to select the preferred option in preparation for consents to be lodged later in the year.
We held specific bay meetings to talk about issues specific to the respective bay communities.
An Open Day was held in August for everyone interested in the options.
In August we sought written feedback on the proposed shared path options. People who had their say will be contacted with further project updates.
Feedback closed on Thursday 31 August.
How can you find out more
Read our FAQs
If you would like to know more, please contact:
Simon Cager Senior Project Engineer
T: 04 570 6666