Keep up to date with how projects are going, and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.
11 November 2019 Hutt Road paths and bike counter display officially opened
The Associate Minister of Transport, Hon Julie Anne Genter, and Wellington Deputy Mayor Sarah Free, cut the ribbon to officially open the Hutt Road paths. They also unveiled a new bike counter sign.
26 August 2019 Bridge work getting under way More Less
Work to widen the bridge over the Kaiwharawhara Stream is under way. Weather permitting, the work should be complete by the end of October.
21 December 2018 December construction update More Less
Construction on the walking and biking paths is now complete - except for widening the Kaiwharawhara bridge. The timing for this work is reliant on Mobil moving their fuel pipes (under the bridge) which are used to refuel the Cook Strait ferries. We hope the work will get under way in the first half of 2019.
14 May 2018 May construction update More Less
Work on the section of Hutt Road between Caltex Fuel Stop and the Aotea Quay overbridge is almost complete. Final markings and signs are going in around the childcare centres and driveways.
Downer construction workers will then start under the overbridge and begin upgrading the next section to the intersection of Tinakori Road. Weather depending, work on this stretch will take about four months.
January 2018 January construction update More Less
Work outside Placemakers and Spotlight is complete. The two areas where construction is happening now are just to the south of Westminster Street by Java Interiors and the Fabric Warehouse, and also in front of Carters and 172 Hutt Road – home to Active Explorers childcare centre (formerly i-kids) and StorageOne.
This means everyone needs to be patient, take extra care and respectfully share these areas. If you are riding, please slow down. This is particularly important near the childcare centre. Wrangling young children can be tricky, and we want everyone to be able to use this area safely.
The angle parking outside this building has been removed. A lay-by with nine new short-stay car parks is being developed on the road next to Active Explorers, but until it is finished, most people dropping and picking up children will be parking on the footpath north or south of the construction zone.
As well as the short-stay car parks, about 70 off-peak car parking spaces are being developed north of Westminster Street between Placemakers and Winger BMW. Once these are in place in April, all the remaining footpath parking will be phased out.
However, even when the new bike and pedestrian paths are complete, and the footpath parking is gone, everyone will still need to watch out for each other. If you are riding, please make sure you slow down and take extra care around driveways, bus stops and other places where people may be crossing.
Just as we sometimes have to wait when people momentarily block traffic lanes as they get into parallel parking spaces – or let someone coming the other way have the right of way on a narrow section of street – there will be times when people on bikes will need to slow down for a pedestrian or negotiate cars that are partially blocking these pathways as they endeavour to get out of driveways.
Ideally people driving should wait until the footpath, bike path and road are all clear before crossing the paths and turning out, but that’s not always possible particularly at busy times. Getting out on to Hutt Road can be difficult, so there needs to be some give and take.
We are putting in new pavement markings to indicate driveways and other places where extra care is required, but these can’t go in until the new asphalt has had time to cure, and so are normally the last thing to happen. Please ride at a safe speed and take care.