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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.

This project is funded by the Transport Choices package, part of the Waka Kotahi Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF) programme, which aims to demonstrate what’s possible for communities nationwide by quickly providing people with healthier, more affordable, and safer transport choices that are good for us, and for the environment.

What's the latest?

Monday 29 January 2024

Final stages of work are now underway outside Mount Aspiring College, with stop/go required on Plantation Road to complete sections of the shared pathway and new speed tables.

 

Monday 15 January 2024

Upgrades to the intersection of Rata Street and Aubrey Road Crews will begin on Wednesday 17 January.

While crews are onsite working to deliver these upgrades, the intersection of Rata Street and Aubrey Road will be closed to through traffic.

A detour will be in place for traffic heading east, using Bay View Drive, Hunter Crescent, Rata Street and Kirimoko Crescent.

For traffic heading west, a detour will be in place using Kirimoko Crescent, Makomako Road, Rata Street, Hunter Crescent and Bay View Drive.

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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  • Stage 4 of the Schools to Pool route will cross State Highway 84 before running along Ballantyne Road and into Three Parks, where the pathway will connect with Wānaka Recreation Centre and Te Kura O Take Kārara Primary School.

    Final designs for Stage 4 will be shared soon.

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  • From Wednesday 17 January 2024, work will start on upgrades to the intersection of Rata Street and Aubrey Road to help calm traffic speeds and improve safety in the area. The intersection will be uplifted and rebuilt as part of this project.

    While crews are onsite working to deliver these upgrades, the intersection of Rata Street and Aubrey Road will need to be closed to through traffic.

    Detour for eastbound traffic:

    A detour will be available for eastbound traffic using Bay View Drive, Hunter Crescent, Rata Street and Kirimoko Crescent.

    Detour for westbound traffic:

    For westbound traffic, a detour will be available using Kirimoko Crescent, Makomako Road, Rata Street, Hunter Crescent and Bay View Drive.

     

    Detour map of closure to Aubrey Road and Rata St intersection

     

    Residential and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, and parking spaces by Kelly's Flat Recreation Reserve will still be able to be used while these works are underway.

    The upgraded intersection is expected to be complete by Monday 4 March.

    This work follows the construction of four raised safety platforms on Rata Street as part of the Schools to Pool project.

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What to expect

As with any large construction project, some disruption is likely while work is underway to construct the Schools to Pool active travel route and improvements to Rata Street in Wānaka. Traffic management and temporary footpath closures in Kelly’s Flat and Lismore Park will be required to complete portions of the project.

There may also be additional truck movement into, out of and around construction sites.

All work within or near schools is scheduled to be completed during school holiday periods to help minimise potential disruption to students.

Construction timings

Work is underway on both Stage 2 and 3 of the Schools to Pool active travel route.

Stage 2:

Work on a section of the path running along the edge of Kelly's Flat is due to be complete on Friday 15 December 2023. Remaining sections of the Stage 2 active travel route will be completed by mid-to-late February 2024.

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.

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