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Plans for Auckland Harbour Bridge shared path

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for its preferred option for a shared path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge which will transform walking and cycling not only across the harbour, but throughout Auckland.

The transport agency says its preferred design for the Auckland Harbour Bridge Shared Path will provide a five-metre-wide path flanking the bridge’s southbound traffic side, directly linking Westhaven to Northcote Point and connecting with the future SeaPath route.

Benefits of the preferred option include:

  • the path will be attached to the bridge piers rather than the clip-on, so there will be no load restrictions, meaning there will not be restrictions on the number of people able to access the path at one time, and it is designed to cater for future demands
  • the path will be safer than alternatives, because there is greater room for different active modes to share the space, as well as the ability for people to access and exit the path from the existing bridge in an emergency
  • the path will go ahead regardless of any future plans for an additional Waitematā Harbour connection
  • the path matches the shape and design of the existing bridge
  • the path will include wide viewing galleries where people can gather to enjoy views without impeding the travel of pedestrians and cyclists.

Funding is already included in the National Land Transport Plan for a walking and cycling connection over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and construction of the preferred option could start as early as next year.