Pedestrians will no longer have to take their lives in their hands as they walk along Hibiscus Coast Highway from Silverdale Street to Millwater Parkway/Whangaparaoa Road, with a footpath to be built along the route next year.
Auckland Transport says that the work, which involves constructing a footpath on the northwest side of the highway, is being delivered in two stages. The first stage, from Silverdale St to Wainui Road, should be complete in the first half of next year.
The second stage, from Wainui Rd to Millwater Parkway, is on track to be delivered in the second half of that same year.
At Wainui Road, the path will link up with a path to be put in by Burger King, which is establishing one of its fast food outlets on the corner of the highway and Wainui Rd.
The new footpath also links with existing paths at both ends.
Complaints have been made about the lack of a footpath along this part of the highway by the Silverdale Area Business Association for years, with representatives such as Lorraine Sampson pointing out on many occasions how dangerous it is along there without one.
Auckland Transport spokesperson Mark Hannan says that the two sections are at different stages of design (see maps). Public consultation on the design of the southern section should take place this month and on the northern section early next year.
The cost for both sections has not been determined as design is still underway.
Mr Hannan says that the local board asked for the footpath. The project has been identified as a high priority for Auckland Transport for a number of reasons, including that it is near bus stops, shops and businesses. Mr Hannan says another important consideration is safety – the highway has more than 5000 vehicles driving along it each day and a speed limit of 70kph.