New look for Dominion Rd
Work on the Dominion Rd upgrade will start in September after decisions by Auckland Transport and New Zealand Transport Agency to fund the $66.3 million project.
The cycle routes on streets parallel to Dominion Rd will start this month and be completed by about October. The other parts of the project will be carried out in stages and work is expected to be finished by mid-2016.
Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes welcomes the announcement, saying the proposed upgrade is boosting investment.
Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy says the improvements to the road will give it the capacity to deliver up to 3 million bus passengers a year to their destinations quickly and efficiently.
Bus lanes will be connected from State Highway 20 to View Rd and there will be no parking there during peak times.
These measures will reduce total trip times, increase the number of bus movements at peak times and increase service reliability.
Footpaths will be improved along both sides of Dominion Rd and raised medians will be installed in Mt Eden, Balmoral and Mt Roskill.
The three villages will also be enhanced with landscaping and planting, decorative paving, seating, bike stands, lighting and pedestrianpriority crossings.
‘‘Dominion Rd is a key artery and a vital component in improving passenger travel and safety for many thousands of people,’’ Levy says.
‘‘It will have an equally important part to play in the strategy for reducing congestion.
‘‘Equally desirable is the opportunity to boost the vibrancy and attractiveness of these historic town centres and so contribute to the quality of experience for people using them, and the quality of life of those who live there.’’
Smarter travel: An artist’s impression of the results of the Dominion Rd upgrade.