Two Grey Lynn cycleways to connect
Roadworks have started to join two central Auckland cycleways.
Contractors have stared widening the footpath by 1.9m along a 350m stretch of Surrey Cres between the Great North Rd intersection and Firth St in Grey Lynn.
The upgrades are part of AT’s Grey Lynn, Arch Hill and Westmere improvements project and have received investment under the Government’s $200m Urban Cycleways Programme.
Work will be conducted in 200m segments towards Bullock Track, with each segment expected to take two to there weeks to complete.
The cycleways will eventually join at the intersection of Surrey Cres, with route one leading off Prime Rd, along Old Mill Rd to Garnet Rd then up to the Meola Rd roundabout.
Route two will trail from Richmond Rd to Parawai Cres, then through the West Lynn shopping centre, connecting to the recently opened Grey Lynn Greenways Route project.
Utilising a mixture of separated and protected lanes its aim will be to provide safer cycling routes throughout the area.
Additional improvements include better pedestrian road crossings, increased bus priority by extending bus operating hours and existing lanes.
The entire project should be finished by the end of 2018.
AT spokesperson Connie Rowe said a community advisory programme had been put in place to minimise disruption to busi- nesses along the route.
‘‘We engage with local businesses directly, identifying potential disruptions in advance, and looking for ways to minimise these on an individual basis,’’ Rowe said.
AT let communities know seven days prior to work beginning by delivering letters to busi- Rd.
Thirteen businessess signed a petition in July to halt the route running from Pt Chevalier Rd to Meola Rd, then along Meola and Garnet Rd to the Westmere shops.
Businesses said they were concerned about road safety and loss of parking.
A section between Surey Cres and Firth St is being redeveloped to make way for new cycleways.