We’re planning a shared path for walkers and cyclists, with access from Kenepuru Station and an improved safe crossing point across Kenepuru Drive.
This is important because of growth in this area, including Kenepuru Landing and Summerset retirement village.
The initial concept showed a shared path on the eastern side of Kenepuru Drive, but your feedback, and safety considerations, suggested that the western side would be more suitable.
Based on that, we’ve developed this new concept.
Traffic at this intersection is forecast to increase significantly with the opening of Transmission Gully, the Porirua Adventure Park and Kenepuru Landing.
This is likely to increase delays, and make crashes more common and more severe.
We want an option that balances safety and efficiency while future proofing until at least 2031.
There are a number of stakeholders with potentially conflicting needs – pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, over dimension vehicles and general traffic.
We sought feedback from stakeholders and independent safety assessors and will continue to do so.
A roundabout was selected as the preferred option and a concept developed.
As there are a number of uncertainties, including the impact of Transmission Gully, we believe it would be prudent to install a temporary roundabout before Transmission Gully opens which allows the design to be tested by road users and modified as needed. The temporary roundabout is likely to be in place for at least 12 months before the permanent roundabout is constructed.
The next phase of this project is to develop an Implementation Plan for this intersection and others in the vicinity, and this is underway.
The Implementation Plan will identify which intersections will be upgraded – and when and how.
This plan should be completed in 2019.
Your feedback has been recorded and will be factored into future planning.
We’ve noted your feedback from the last information evening and from our website. Once the other projects are advanced our focus will shift to developing a long term plan with stakeholders on what’s needed on these sections of Kenepuru Drive.
As with the northern section, outlined above. We also have an update on the Kenepuru culvert, which is in this section:
Preparation work continues adjacent to Kenepuru Drive for the bridge across the railway line. Once this is complete work will begin on filling the embankment between the bridge and Kenepuru Drive to make it level to the existing road, to prepare for the roundabout construction. The work that follows that may have some impact on Kenepuru Drive with temporary traffic management in place.
This is likely to be in early spring.