The NZ Transportation Agency has published plans for your preferred option for a shared road on the Auckland port bridge.
The new design of the long awaited cycle track and the runway will offer a 5-meter road that flanks the traffic side south of the Harbor Bridge, which directly links Westhaven with Northcote Pt and connects with the future SeaPath route to Takapuna .
The decision is reached after the concept of the route has been created more than a decade ago, causing agitation between NZTA and the original concept developer, the SkyPath Trust.
It was not until February of the year that NZTA announced that the construction of the shared path could begin as early as next year, but it still continued to review the design options of the mega project.
However, SkyPath Trust said the design review was a "maneuver to further delay its construction."
Since May 26, confidence has planned a protest march along the bridge, since he believes he has been sabotaged by the NZTA after taking the project for more than a decade.
But in a statement today, NZTA said that an independent investigation of legal firm Griffin Simpson had not found any crime on the part of the agency in its relations with trust.
However, the report said that there could be better communication between the two organizations.
Mark Ratcliffe, CEO of NZTA, said the agency was committed to improving its relationship with the SkyPath Trust.
Brett Gliddon, GM of the design and delivery of systems, also recognized the "untiring work and the dedication of those who have made campaigns to make a connection on foot and by bicycle through the bridge, in particular the SkyPath Trust."
"Despite recognizing his vision and his legacy, the Transportation Agency also takes into account his role in ensuring that we offer the best results and the best value for money for all New Zealanders," he said.
The mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, has received confirmation from the NZTA that the construction of the road and the bicycle will begin next year.
"Being able to walk and ride between the north coast and the city center for the first time will be exciting and transformative for the city," he said.
"It allows you to choose trips for travelers, recreational users and tourists, and will make the road pressure congested.
"The best news, however, is that we now have a temporary framework with the announcement that construction will begin next year. Like most Aucklanders, I want this to happen as soon as possible."
Asked about how he felt about the qualified NZTA commitment, this construction "could begin as early as next year," said Goff: "Do not mention the start date if you do not intend to do so" .
Gliddon said he was delighted to be able to provide more detailed information and certainty on the way to walking and cycling.
The selected design allows the separation between people on foot and by bicycle, which makes it safer and more enjoyable for all users.
"We are confident that this will provide the most secure and lasting solution not only for people, but also for future generations, which will become much more than a transport connection," he said.
"We are committed to transforming the march and cycling in Auckland and this design offers the deepest and lasting benefits."
The design would see the path connected to the pillars of the bridge instead of the clip, so there will be no charge restrictions, which means that there will be no restrictions on the number of people who can access the path at the same time and is designed to meet future demands.
It will allow the different active modes to share the space, as well as the access and exit capacity of existing bridge people in case of emergency.
The path will also include a large viewing gallery where people can gather to enjoy the views without hindering the pedestrian and cyclist journey.
"The route includes areas to stop and sit down and have three generous vision galleries. These galleries are attached from the path to create a zone of natural seats, different from the cyclist track.
"About 100 meters long and more than 2 meters wide, they offer a lot of places so people can rest and enjoy the beautiful views from the iconic bridge," said Gliddon.
An issue still unresolved is the name of the project. "SkyPath" is the name used by the SkyPath Trust "and NZTA has avoided using it in the advertising of the new proposal.
NZTA also continues to work on SeaPath, a 4-kilometer long road between Northcote Pt and Esmonde Rd, Takapuna, to ensure design coordinates with plans for the shared Harbor Bridge route.
Greater, community of welcome to the new design:
The counselors of Chris North Darby and Richard Hills of North Shore also said they were happy to see a renewed progress.
"I've been doing this project for a long time since I was twelve, so I'm relieved to see genuine progress was made," Darby said.
"The hike and cycle on the Harbor Bridge will be a cycling lighthouse, a call to Aucklanders to activate and connect. It will be a" that took you so much "success story."
Barb Cuthbert, from Bike Auckland, said that since the bridge was built, people wanted to walk and ride a bicycle.
"Today, in the long run, the Transportation Agency is demonstrating to the public that it has the capacity to add a path on foot and by bicycle to the port bridge," he said.
"This can not be reached soon enough for Auckland people and the millions of tourists who have fun in the spectacular urban harbor and the volcanic skyline of our city.
"We are particularly sorry to learn that the agency has engaged with a design that captures the amazing essence of SkyPath, adds extra width and works well with the existing structure" .
Cuthbert said the pressure on NZTA is to give the public a clear idea of the timeline and identify and solve any obstacle.
"The Aucklanders are tired of delays and they deserve certainty. This certainty will come as we see details of landings at each end of the bridge and we will get clarity if the consent of existing resources can be used to guarantee fast delivery."
He also strongly encouraged the NZTA and the SkyPath Trust to work together to solve pending problems.
"We recognize that this design is based, finally, on the inspirational leadership and the impulse generated by thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to the energy, experience and public spirit, thanks to the GetAcross campaign and at the SkyPath Trust.
"His vision and his tenacity have prompted the launch of the NZTA. We also recognize the firm support of Auckland citizens and the commitment of this government to deliver a port through our city" .
History of SkyPath:
The original proposal consisted of the construction of a kilometer long 1 kilometer long road and connected to the lower part of the bridge between Northcote Pt and Westhaven.
He connected himself with SeaPath, a 3-kilometer circuit and a footbridge from Northcote Pt and the highway to Esmonde Rd at Takapuna, with a combined cost of $ 99 million.
It was anticipated that the two projects were initially completed in 2021.
Although the plans were considered for more than a decade, the Government announced last August the total financing of the project of 67 million dollars.
The project suffered a series of mishaps since it received the consent of the resources in November 2016, including the construction of Downer Construction and the SkyPath Trust, which withdrew the support of public-private collaboration (PPP) lo
Then, in February, NZTA announced that it was reviewing the design options of SkyPath and that a business case was underway with construction possibly at the beginning of next year.