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Schools to pool active travel route

Construction of the fourth and final stage of the Schools to Pool active travel route is now underway.

About the project

Active travel is an integral part of providing an accessible and safe transport network in Wānaka.

Our proposed Schools to Pool footpath upgrades will create and encourage the use of shared, safer spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and micro mobility users. Once complete, the three-metre-wide shared pathway will connect Holy Family Catholic School, Wanaka Primary School, and Mount Aspiring College with Wānaka Recreation Centre providing a safe, 4.5km cross-town link.

Construction of the pathway will be broken up into four stages, with the first stage of installing signalised pedestrian crossings on Aubrey Road and Ballantyne Road already completed.

The Schools to Pool route will make small, quick and effective changes to our streets and the way they’re used, making it easier to embrace cycling or walking as a means of travel and creating a more sustainable environment to live, work, and play in Wānaka.

More safe, well-designed and low-carbon travel options available means more people choosing to walk and cycle in town, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a better future.

This route is just one part of a range of upgrades that will contribute to walkable neighbourhoods and safer, greener, and healthier school travel in and around Wānaka.

Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Schools to Pool route were funded by Waka Kotahi NZTA’s Transport Choices package.

What's the latest?

Friday 7 June 2024

Five more nights of work are required on SH84 so crews can trench to an extended depth to avoid existing underground services in the area. As part of these works, SH84 between Hedditch Street and Ardmore Street, and Ballantyne Road at its intersection with SH84 will be closed on the following dates and times:

  • Between 9.00pm and 6.00am from the evening of Sunday 9 June through to the morning of Friday 14 June.

We're also pleased to share Hedditch Street is now open at the intersection with SH84, and crews are working to complete remaining sections of the shared pathway nearby.

Stages of work

  • Construction of signalised pedestrian crossings on Ballantyne Road and Aubrey Road was completed on Wednesday 21 June 2023.

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  • Work to construct shared pathway from Kelly’s Flat through Wanaka Primary School, connecting with Mount Aspiring College and running to Lismore Park is nearly complete.

    Stop/go is currently operating outside Mount Aspiring College on Plantation Road as we work to build speed tables and finish off final sections of the pathway.

    Parking

    Parking will be unavailable along Plantation Road near the construction site during this time.

    Important information for students

    Because Plantation Road can be very busy before and after school, we’re encouraging parents to pick up and drop off school children along Kings Drive, where kids can then access the back entrance to the College.

    Traffic management controllers will be working to ensure traffic flows as easily as possible and pedestrians are kept safe. Please follow all instructions when moving through the construction site.

    School buses will pick up and drop off students for Mount Aspiring College in the same area as usual.

    We expect to have this work completed by mid-to-late February 2024.

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  • Work to construct a shared pathway from Plantation Road, running through Lismore Park to Hedditch Street near its intersection with Little Street is now complete.

    Stage 3 of the Schools to Pool active travel route, running from Plantation Road through Lismore Park to Hedditch Street

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  • Construction of Stage 4 of the Schools to Pool active travel route will complete the three-metre-pathway linking children, families, and commuters between Wānaka schools and the Recreation Centre.

    Stage 4 will see the pathway connect with existing sections in Lismore Street, before running down Hedditch Street to cross State Highway 84 (SH84), before heading up Ballantyne Road to the signalised crossing near Golf Course Road.

    As part of these works, new raised safety platforms will be installed on Hedditch Street near its intersection with SH84, on Ballantyne Road near its intersection with SH84, and on the small section of Ardmore Street near Wanaka Golf Course, with an additional signalised crossing to be installed on SH84.

    Click here for a map of Stage 4 of the Schools to Pool pathway.

    SH84 night works and closure:

    Crews are working at night on State Highway 84 in Wānaka to construct a median island and pedestrian crossing, connecting parts of the Schools to Pool active travel pathway.

    Five more nights of work are required on SH84 so crews can trench to an extended depth to avoid existing underground services in the area. As part of these works, SH84 between Hedditch Street and Ardmore Street, and Ballantyne Road at its intersection with SH84 on the following dates and times:

    • Between 9.00pm to 6.00am from the evening of Sunday 9 June through to the morning of Friday 14 June.

    A detour will be in place using Macpherson Street, Ballantyne Road, Stratford Terrace, and Russell Street. Heavier vehicles will need to use Macpherson Street, Ballantyne Road, and Golf Course Road.

    At times, construction is likely to create some noise and additional vehicles movements on detour routes, but these night works mean we can greatly reduce disruption in the area and keep SH84 open during the day.

    Click here for a map of the closure area.

    Ballantyne Road works:

    Work is progressing on the section of pathway running along Ballantyne Road adjacent to Wanaka Golf Course and up to the signalised crossing near the intersection with Golf Course Road.

    Next up, crews plan to start reshaping the strip of land between the new pathway and the road, to improve drainage in the area.

    This is likely to begin mid to late June, and will require some access changes on Ballantyne Road between Golf Course Road and the upper section of Ardmore Street. We’ll share more details soon!

    Lane closure on Ardmore Street:

    The southbound lane on the small section of Ardmore Street between Stratford Terrace and the Ardmore Street roundabout is currently closed 24 hours a day so crews can complete drainage, kerbing, and parts of the new pathway nearby.

    The northbound lane and part of the gravel carparking area opposite Bottle-O remain open during these works.

    We expect to open the southbound lane mid-to-late June.

    Please note: Construction of the new raised safety platforms are weather dependent. If temperatures are too cold in May and June, they will be completed in September 2024.

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  • The intersection of Aubrey Road and Rata Street in Wānaka is now open for vehicles.

    Work to upgrade the intersection and improve safety in the area is nearly complete, with some minor shoulder closures expected over the next week while crews tidy up the site and install a new streetlight. A big thank you to residents and regular users of Aubrey Road for your patience throughout the project.

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What to expect

Traffic management crews will be on site to assist pedestrians and cyclists moving around the areas of work during night works on SH84.

Please ensure you allow extra time for any journeys during the upcoming night works and follow all traffic management signage and crew directions to keep everyone safe.

Construction timings

Stage 2:

Finishing touches are being made to the section of pathway connecting Mt Aspiring College with Wānaka Primary School.

Stage 3:

Crews have completed asphalting sections of the path in Lismore Park and construction of a speed table and adjoining footpaths at the intersection of Hedditch Street and Little Street.

Stage 4:

Work has already started on the section of pathway running along Ballantyne Road adjacent to Wanaka Golf Course and up to the signalised crossing near the intersection with Golf Course Road.

Construction on the Hedditch Street portion of the pathway begins on Monday 22 April and is expected to be completed by Friday 17 May 2024.

Dates are still to be confirmed for construction of the section of Stage 4 which will see a crossing over SH84, connecting the shared pathway from Hedditch Street to the southern side of Ballantyne Road.

Working with you

Maintaining access for residents and businesses living near construction of the Schools to Pool route is important to the delivery of this project, and we are committed to working closely with those affected by these works.

We’ll be in regular communication with affected residents and businesses, and well in advance of construction dates and developments they need to know about. If you live or operate a business along the proposed Schools to Pool route and have any concerns or questions about the construction, please get in touch:

Lachy Sutherland
Project Manager - Fulton Hogan Ltd
027 263 3141
lachy.sutherland@fultonhogan.com