Bridge cycleway still undecided
A decision on adding a walkway and cycleway to the Auckland Harbour Bridge has been delayed until the end of the year.
The New Zealand Transport Agency has called for more information before deciding whether to push ahead with the project.
Chairman Brian Roche says the board needs to be satisfied the walkway and cycleway is the best use of the funds. He says costs will be greater than the construction estimates of between $24 million and $43m.
“For example, connecting the cycleway to the existing network at either end of the bridge alone could cost up to $18m.
“There are also additional costs associated with the operational impacts.”
The board has asked for more information on safety issues, technical aspects of the bridge structure, the impact on the economic life of the bridge, and the impact on plans for an additional harbour crossing.
Mr Roche says the board will continue to talk to regional partners on the issue over the next few months.
The GetAcross campaign is being led by cycling and walking advocates Cycle Action Auckland and Walk Auckland.
It has backing in principle from the Auckland Regional Council and North Shore City Council, but the Auckland City Council’s transport committee said the plan was laudable, but too pricey.
About 450 people turned out for a rally in Westhaven on September 22 to support the project.