What’s this project about?
The completion of the Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path 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 aim of the project is to provide a consistent, connected and safe shared path between the wider Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata for pedestrians and cyclists. In its present state the steep and winding 80kph road has no safe facility for cyclists and pedestrians.
The completion of the Pukeatua Bridge in 2015 was phase one of the project with the shared path being the second phase. This is split into two stages:
- Stage 1 - Gracefield to the Pukeatua Bridge
- Stage 2 - Pukeatua Bridge to Wainuiomata
The key features of the shared path are:
- A 4m wide off road sealed path for pedestrians and cyclists
- New roadside barriers to provide safe separation between the shared path and the traffic lanes
- Upgraded LED street lighting
The new shared path will form part of a wider strategic network with future linkages to the Beltway Cycleway, the Eastern Bay Shared Path and the CBD planned.
How the community benefits from the Shared Path
Hutt City has a great natural environment and an abundance of opportunities for walking and cycling.
A transport system that requires people to be active is hugely beneficial to our city, as well as to the health and wellbeing of our community. Benefits include thriving business areas, reduced congestion and vehicle operating costs, greater safety, resilient infrastructure and a better environment.
The Shared Path Project will provide:
- A safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists on a high speed road
- Safety improvements for road users including new LED lighting and roadside barriers
- Attractive facilities for new users
- Improved connectivity between the wider Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata
- Increased active choices
- Improved access to existing mountain bike trails and walkways.
Where are we at?
Pukeatua bridge was opened in 2015. The bridge connects walking and cycling tracks that run along Lower Hutt's eastern hills, stopping people from crossing the road in 80kmh traffic.
Construction on stage one began in January 2018 and was completed in December 2018.
Work on stage two began in July 2018 with vegetation removal, earthworks and new retaining walls. Construction is expected to take ten months, with completion and opening of stage two planned for late May / early June 2019.
The links below show some plans and cross-sections of the shared path.
The current project timeline* is:
|Construction of Stage 1
(Gracefield to Pukeatua Bridge)
|Completed December 2018
|Construction of Stage 2
(Pukeatua Bridge to Wainuiomata)
|July 2018 to late May/early June 2019
* Timeline is subject to change
How can you find out more?
Want to know more? Take a look at our FAQ page.
For more information please contact:
Senior Project Engineer
T: 04 570 6666