A preferred option has been identified and the rest of the business case process will examine this option in more detail.
The preferred option is a five metre wide path, built on separate new pier brackets, attached to the existing concrete piers on the southbound side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, directly linking Westhaven to Northcote Point and connecting with the future SeaPath route.
The option meets the future demands of all bridge users and preserves the structural integrity of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
The five-metre width allows for separation between walkers and cyclists, making it safer and more enjoyable for all users.
The route includes three pause points approximately one hundred metres long and 4,2 metres wide which will be terraced down from the shared path to allow cyclists and pedestrians who want to have a rest on their journey rest out of the main thoroughfare of those continuing their journey.
During daylight, the Auckland Harbour Bridge shared path will create a strong sculptural symbol for people walking and cycling between the north shore and the city. After the sun sets, architectural lighting will shine a spotlight on this iconic bridge structure and create a feature within the Waitemata Harbour.
The shared path will be separated from the Auckland Harbour Bridge’s existing southbound extension bridge (known as the southbound clip-on) by a sufficient gap to allow access for maintenance of the clip-on.