Work will also soon commence on an additional community link to the walking and cycling pathway, which will directly connect Walter Strevens Drive near its motorway overbridge to the pathway underneath. This will provide access to the pathway for nearby Conifer Grove residents and for pedestrians and cyclists coming from the eastern side of the motorway.
Consultation on this “ramp link” was undertaken by Auckland Transport in early 2018, and the submissions received showed a high level of support for the new connection.
The ramp link will require the removal of six exotic trees, however these will be replaced with 25 native trees planted around the same location or nearby. Work is expected to begin in September with the removal of these trees and the relocation of various underground services, with construction to follow in October/November.
Landscaping and planting along the shared walking and cycling pathway is well underway and is due for completion in the coming month or so.
As the whole SCI Project is progressing, areas once used for equipment and materials storage are being transformed into pedestrian rest areas, stormwater swales or planted gardens. These include a scenic area overlooking Pahurehure Inlet and a garden area beside the Takanini southbound on-ramp being planted in native trees and shrubs.
Soon also, the construction materials being stored in the Takanini interchange loop will be replaced with a permanent storage yard for materials needed for the ongoing maintenance and operation of the motorway network. The storage yard will be landscaped with trees and shrubs to minimise the visual impact.
The full walking and cycling pathway alongside the motorway and pedestrian bridge over the motorway at Pescara Point are expected to be opened in November/December, including the additional Walter Strevens Drive link.