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 Project
The Shared Path Project will provide:
- A safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists on a high speed road
- Improved sight distance for road users
- A reduction of injuries
- Attractive facilities for new users
- Improved connectivity between the wider Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata
- Increased modal choice
- Improved access to existing mountain bike trails and walkways.
Where are we at?
Stage 1 - Gracefield to Pukeatua Bridge
Construction of Stage 1 began in January 2018 in Gracefield. The first stage is expected to be completed in November 2018.
Caption: Shared path ready for sealing.
Stage 2 - Pukeatua Bridge to Wainuiomata
In July 2018, we started vegetation removal and earthworks for this stage of the project. We are now into construction works including new retaining walls required to make enough space for the shared path. Construction is anticipated to take approximately eight months, with an estimated completion of Stage 2 in April 2019.
Stage 2 earthworks
Stage 2 construction of new retaining wall
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)
|January 2018 to November 2018
|Construction of Stage 2
(Pukeatua Bridge to Wainuiomata)
|July 2018 to April 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