Harbour Bridge Cycle Pathway Design Unveiled
The design for the proposed new Auckland Harbour Bridge pathway under the bridge’s southbound (city side) clip-on was unveiled this afternoon.
The pathway will cost $22.8m and there will be a toll of $2 for HOP card users (and $5 for cash/credit card/text users) which over a 20 year period, is said to support a total construction cost of $23M.
On the Auckland City side the Pathway connects directly to Westhaven Drive, which is part of Auckland City’s existing 50-km cycling circuit, and provides access to the CBD via Westhaven and the Wynyard Quarter development. Connection into Ponsonby is provided by existing walking and cycling path along Curran Street or via Shelley Beach Road.
On the northern side, it is proposed the Pathway connects to Princes Street, Northcote Point where the local street network provides access to Northcote, AUT University, Glenfield, Birkenhead, Takapuna and other North Shore suburbs and facilities.
There is an option for including three observation platforms which will provide a place to stop and take in the view. The observation platforms could include a coffee stand, art and information displays.
No government funding has been allocated so Hopper Developments has provided a proposal for a Public Private Partnership with Auckland Council to deliver the Pathway.
Mayor Len Brown threw his public support behind at least the concept at a ceremony at Karanga Plaza (originally Gateway plaza) at the newly opened Wynyard Quarter. But he did not go as far as to commit to funding.
The group’s designs have been professionally prepared by Copeland Associates Architects and structural engineers Airey Consultants and Holmes Consulting Group. They feature a covered walkway that is cocooned under the southbound Harbour Bridge clip-on with a perforated aluminium screen enabling views of the city, harbour and Hauraki Gulf.
Leigh Hooper of Hooper developments said a public partner development would enable the project to happen.
“Our research – which is based on deliberately conservative financial modelling – shows a PPP is quite capable of achieving the required level funding which can be supported by the toll and the sale of naming rights.”
It still has to meet NZTA approval.
Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, who also spoke, congratulated the Get Across organizers for getting the concept this far.
Pathway group spokesman Bevan Woodward says the group is very pleased to have made such good progress over the last three months.
The public can give feedback at the group’s site.
An acceptable pedestrian management system will need to be approved by NZTA to limit the number of pedestrians on the Pathway at any one time.
PWG spokesman Bevan Woodward says that from an operational health and safety perspective, probably no more than 1,000 users are wanted on the Pathway at any one time “However this allows for a conservative throughput of 5000 people per hour which is more than sufficient to make the project doable,” he says.
The number of Pathway users will be controlled by the barrier gates with a counting device and overseen by on-site security personnel and CCTV cameras.
The proposed Pathway has been costed by quantity surveyors WT Partnership. In summary the indicative preliminary cost estimates (including contingencies) are:
Pathway and access ramps $17.4M
Bridge additional strengthening $3.8M
Design review costs $1.6M
Video of Mayor Len Brown’s speech