The plans for the $1.4m Orewa Boulevard extension have finally been released for public consultation by Auckland Transport, after they were initially presented behind closed doors to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board last October.
The extension of the Boulevard from Riverside Road to Empire Road continues the work completed by the former Rodney District Council that upgraded Hibiscus Coast Highway, from Moana Ave to Riverside Road, and slowed traffic.
The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board is funding the proposed work and there has been input from business association Destination Orewa Beach.
The local board asked Auckland Transport to add a 3.5m-wide shared pedestrian/cycle path through the reserve, at a cost of $100,000 (HM September 4, 2019).
The cost estimates do not include resource consent processing fees, re-designs and relocation of utility services.
The aim is to improve connections between the reserve, shops, and beach.
The proposal includes replacing the parallel carparking on the beach side of Hibiscus Coast Highway with angled parking and removing five carparks on the side of the road where retail businesses are located. This will mean a gain of seven carparks.
Two pedestrian crossings on Hibiscus Coast Highway will be raised and made suitable for bikes as well as pedestrians.
The school bus stop outside the shops at 280 Hibiscus Coast Highway will be relocated to 6 Riverside Road and Intercity buses will be relocated to 288 Hibiscus Coast Highway. The Intercity bus stop on the beach side will be relocated opposite 260 Hibiscus Coast Highway.
Orewa town centre safety work
Speeds are to lower to 30kph on the Boulevard and within the town centre, along with proposed safety improvements funded by the Regional Fuel Tax. These include raised pedestrian crossings, speed bumps on Moana, Tamariki and Moenui Avenues and treatments at the entrance to the town centre designed to slow traffic.
Feedback is open until 22 June and can be submitted online at at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/orewa-boulevard-and-town-centre-safety-improvements/
A report noting any changes made to the proposal will be prepared after analysis of the community feedback.
Construction is likely to take place late this year.