Anzac Ave cycleway nearly completed, on schedule

Dunedin's newest cycleway, running along Anzac Ave, is close to completion. PHOTO: GERARD O'BRIEN
Dunedin's newest cycleway, running along Anzac Ave, is close to completion. PHOTO: GERARD O'BRIEN
Dunedin's latest cycleway is nearing completion.

Dunedin City Council transport group manager Richard Saunders said the two-way cycleway in Anzac Ave required only some markings and "tidying up".

Contractors were now focusing on new traffic islands and pedestrian crossings, which would result in the project being completed on schedule in mid-November, he said.

The raised pedestrian crossings which were now a feature of the street were designed to slow traffic and improve safety.

They still left enough room for cars to park on both sides of the street, which was important to businesses, and the street itself would revert to two-way traffic once the upgrade was finished.

Earlier this month, Ironic Cafe and Bar owner Steve Wilson said his business was losing $5000 a week because of the cycleway work.

He was not blaming contractors, or against cycleways, but believed the council should compensate him for the losses.

Mr Saunders acknowledged the impact on nearby businesses but said overall he was pleased by the progress.

"We appreciate it's disruptive for businesses, and we try to limit that disruption, but the project itself has gone really well.

"We've been happy with the way the contractors have tried as best as possible to minimise disruption on businesses and the farmers' market and when we had the Pink concert," he said.

The $7million cycleway link - two-thirds of which will be paid for by the NZ Transport Agency - would eventually connect the city to the State Highway88 cycleway to Port Chalmers.

It included construction of a new $1.2million shared cycle/pedestrian bridge across the Leith, near Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Mr Saunders said work on the bridge piles was complete and contractors would soon begin pouring concrete foundations.

Steel would be delivered later this month and be lifted into place beginning by early October, he said.

"There should be quite a bit of progress between now and the middle of October, when the actual bridge structure itself will start to become clearer," he said.

Comments

Totally awesome- except to see the Ironic Cafe lose so much coin, the Council should pay them out or give them rates free during the construction time. Great to read is it true that the cyclists are not using them because they are not all weather cycle ways and the DCC are now going to make the cycle ways all weather by constructing glassed in cover similar to the airbridges you walk over when boarding an aircraft that would make Dunedin world leading

Who else thinks the new cycle lanes are a complete ill thought out mess?....have ya seen the trucks trying to empty wheely bins? They're half in the cycle Lane half on the foot path.!?.

 

 

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