People walking and cycling will soon be able to enjoy a new safe, off-road route to cross the Northern Motorway (SH1) from Spencer Rd, Pinehill in the East Coast Bays right into the heart of the Albany metro centre. Construction commenced in October 2017 and will be completed early 2019.
Tirohanga Whānui (previously known as the Spencer Road to Albany walking and cycling bridge) is a part of the wider Northern Corridor Improvements project, that will provide better links for Northern Motorway (SH1) travellers in Auckland and improve transport options on the North Shore for freight, cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
Tirohanga Whānui contributes to Auckland’s wider walking and cycling network and will improve traffic flow in the area and provide people with a healthy, environmentally friendly way to commute to and from work. The bridge provides an alternative to driving and more than 200 pedestrians and cyclists are predicted to use the bridge every day. Its location will also allow Watercare to bring a new watermain pipe over SH1 in a clever, cost-efficient way. The watermain will be suspended under the deck of the bridge, and will form part of a larger upcoming project by Watercare that will help to address growing local demand from population growth.