We’re connecting schools, parks and public transport with a new shared path along Papakōwhai Road and are working on a proposal to upgrade the intersection at Whitford Brown Avenue.
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Check out the aerial video showing how the Whitford Brown Avenue intersection and Papakōwhai Road area currently look.
A new shared pathway is being constructed along the eastern side of Papakōwhai Road to improve the connection between key locations including Aotea College, Aotea Lagoon, Paremata School and Paremata Railway Station. Construction began in November 2023.
The shared pathway will also form part of the Te Araroa Trail and tie in with a planned upgrade of the Papakōwhai Road and Whitford Brown Avenue intersection.
This shared path supports the Council's objectives to reduce emissions and focus on moving towards a more climate-resilient way of life.
It is fully funded by the Government’s Transport Choices fund (led by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency).
The Transport Choices fund is about making changes to streets and the way people use them. This is to enable people to take alternative modes of transport for their activities or commute (i.e. embrace walking, cycling or public transport as a means of travel).
Construction on the new Papakōwhai Rd shared path is under way, meaning various traffic management measures and detours are in place to ensure the safety of our workers and of road users. Residents’ access will be retained.
Construction work is generally taking place between 7am – 6pm weekdays, with some weekend and night work possible. The project is expected to be completed by this winter.
What to expect on Papakōwhai Rd
Other traffic management that may be in place includes:
Where possible please use alternative routes and expect delays.
How the work is being undertaken
The entire site has been split into 5 individual zones as shown below – the initial three sites operating will be 1,3 and 5. This is to help minimise the disruption caused by completing the work as one large site.
Detours will be in place from time to time
As we work through the different construction zones, different detours and traffic management may be put in place during the hours of 7am – 6pm. Detours will be used as-needed and will depend on which activities are being undertaken and what is being constructed. Access for residents will be retained.
The initial temporary traffic management for zones 1, 3 and 5 is expected to be in place for several months, with work on zones 2 and 4 programmed to follow. All work is expected to be completed by winter.
What to expect:
When the Brora Cres detour is in place:
Romesdale Rd detour and traffic management:
As work progresses, the layout of the temporary traffic management and detour routes may be subject to change. We will keep you posted on changes.
A new pump track was installed early December 2023 at Aotea Lagoon as part of the shared pathway project.
The pump track is a loop of mounds and curves providing the ultimate riding experience with perfect geometry for rhythm and flow for those on bikes, scooters, roller blades, roller skates and skateboards.
Intersection improvements and safer crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists are planned for the Whitford Brown Avenue / Papakōwhai Road intersection.
As growth continues in this area it is important to provide safe crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists using this strategic corridor between Porirua and Paremata. This helps make it easier for people to get around the city without having to always jump in a car – one of the Council’s objectives to help reduce emissions and focus on moving towards a more climate-resilient way of life.
This work will also improve safety for motorists. Current wait times for motorists exiting Papakōwhai Road and turning right across Whitford Brown Avenue can be lengthy. This can lead to frustration and people pulling out when they shouldn’t. Since 2019 there have been 13 crashes on Papakōwhai Road and Whitford Brown Avenue (4 minor and 9 non-injury).
Project in design phase (December 2023)
The upgrade of the Whitford Brown Ave intersection with Papakōwhai Rd is in the design phase.
Construction may have to be deferred subject to budget announcements due in late June 2024.
When it goes ahead, the project will include signalised pedestrian crossings, traffic signals, an additional left turning lane out of Papakōwhai Rd, better lighting and a new raised pedestrian crossing at the southern entrance to Aotea Lagoon.
If you have any questions? Please email us.