Auckland footpath like 'an amusement park ride'

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Fed up Te Atatu residents say footpaths under construction as part of a $30 million road upgrade are a hazard.

The $30 million Te Atatu Rd corridor project aimed to improve efficiency and safety for an estimated 38,000 vehicles per day.

But Te Atatu resident Luke Neilson said the uneven footpaths in the area were a hazard, particularly for those pushing a pram or in a wheelchair.

Some patches of the footpath had a steep drop.
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Some patches of the footpath had a steep drop.

He said there were cones, barriers, patches of gravel and asphalt on the footpaths - while some parts had a concrete surface.

Neilson took a run around Edmonton Rd on most evenings and had to keep adjusting his speed to avoid a fall.

"It should feel like exercise not an amusement park ride," he said. 

Luke Neilson said a run on the Edmonton Rd footpaths felt like an amusement park ride and he had to keep adjusting his ...
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Luke Neilson said a run on the Edmonton Rd footpaths felt like an amusement park ride and he had to keep adjusting his speed to avoid a fall.

Neilson said the Edmonton Rd footpaths looked incomplete.

Te Atatu's Kelly Murray said it was not easy at all to push a pram around the area.

"You just have to look at it, there is gravel everywhere, there is cones everywhere."

A worker at the corner of Edmonton Rd and Te Atatu Rd in Auckland.
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A worker at the corner of Edmonton Rd and Te Atatu Rd in Auckland.

An April Auckland Transport (AT) newsletter said work on the Edmonton Rd section of the 1.4 kilometre upgrade was mostly complete. 

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Only some property works and a section of the road remained to be done, it said.

AT spokesperson Dai Bindoff said patches of the footpath were not complete. 

Auckland Transport sent a newsletter in April that said Edmonton Rd was complete except for some property works.
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Auckland Transport sent a newsletter in April that said Edmonton Rd was complete except for some property works.

Last month's update may have unintentionally misled the public.

Work on some driveways was still to be completed. That included the sections where they met the footpath, Bindoff said.

By the middle of this year the road - and the footpaths - would be finished, Bindoff said.

There were at least five asphalt patches on Edmonton Rd footpath.
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There were at least five asphalt patches on Edmonton Rd footpath.

The Edmonton Rd footpath was not Neilson's only concern with the construction project.

He said the cones marking a temporary roundabout at the intersection of Edmonton and Te Atatu Rd were always moving.

"Going through the Te Atatu roundabout every morning is like opening a Christmas present."

The footpath in front of Te Atatu Community Centre. One cyclist could be seen avoiding the footpath on Edmonton Rd.
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The footpath in front of Te Atatu Community Centre. One cyclist could be seen avoiding the footpath on Edmonton Rd.

Neilson said the cones were in a new formation each day.

The Te Atatu project began in August 2015 and was expected to be completed within 18-24 months.

The initial end date was announced as February 2017. In 2016 AT said the project would end in August 2017.

The intersection of Te Atatu Rd and Edmonton Rd in Auckland
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The intersection of Te Atatu Rd and Edmonton Rd in Auckland

Higgins is the lead contractor on the project.

The project included road widening, levelling, lights installation, the removal of a roundabout, bus "priority pockets" at intersections and cycle lanes both ways.

Earlier this year Bindoff said the project was expected to finish by mid-2017.  

 - Stuff

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