Much needed facelift for Auckland's lightpath cycleway

A small patch of new surface contrasts with the faded surface of Auckland's Lightpath cycleway.
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A small patch of new surface contrasts with the faded surface of Auckland's Lightpath cycleway.

Auckland's popular lightpath cycleway will be getting a much needed facelift which will also add more pop to its colour.

Serious fading in the $18 million magenta path was first noticed late last year as well as cracks appearing in parts of its surface.

Wet weather at the time the original surface was laid in 2015 was believed to have caused some bonding issues with the existing surface made of recycled glass.

The Nelson St Cycleway in Auckland is painted hot pink, and its LED mood lighting system.
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The Nelson St Cycleway in Auckland is painted hot pink, and its LED mood lighting system.

However the refresh will seal the path with its own special sunscreen application of marine grade UV coating to protect it against the elements.

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The UV coating will involve a base coat being painted on to the existing surface, which will look a little redder than the current surface.

The final magenta top coat will then be applied which will create the vibrant magenta colour.

Weather dependent, the cycleway will be closed to all users between March 1st and 9th.

The hot pink city cycleway was built on a former motorway ramp and allows cyclists and pedestrians to connect from Auckland's upper Queen Street to Nelson St.

Manager of NZTA Auckland Highway Brett Gliddon said keeping the lightpath well maintained was important for the thousands of people who enjoy it.

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"This UV coating is marine grade and is used on cruise and container ships, so the paint surface will now live up to the harshest possible conditions and will be far more fade resistant," Gliddon said.

"We're delighted with the popularity of the Lightpath and apologise for any inconvenience its closure will cause, but along with Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, we're committed to keeping it well maintained so that many more thousands of people can continue to enjoy it."

The cost for the refresh and UV protection will be $115,000 and is funded through funds previously set aside by Auckland Council from the City Centre Targeted Rate, NZTA said.

This is also expected to be fixed during the closure.

The Lightpath was a joint project between Auckland Council and NZTA.

 - Stuff

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