Auckland’s key traffic corridor Dominion Road will be overhauled with new bus lanes aimed at improving public transport use.
The 4.5km stretch of road will see $47m worth of upgrades due to be finished before the end of the year. Added bus lanes will operate south of Mt Albert Road to State Highway 20, while bus stops will be moved and spread out across 400m intervals.
New footpaths, trees, lights, artwork, seating and pedestrian crossings are also part of Auckland Transport’s plan to rejuvenate the major arterial route.
Cycling paths will be added north of the View Road intersection, but a cycling lane won’t extend onto Dominion Road itself.
Traffic will be delayed during construction and businesses and commuters have been warned of disruptions.
Albert-Eden local board chair Peter Haynes said he was hopeful it wouldn't detract from the “colour and character that have made it one of Auckland’s best-loved streets”.
Residents have until the end of April to offer feedback on the plan before Auckland Transport start the project in mid-year.
A public hearing on the upgrade is being held at Auckland Deaf Society clubroom on Thursday from 3.30pm to 7pm, and at the Dominion Road Primary School hall on Saturday, from 10am to 1pm.
He said the board would be listening to what locals and businesses have to say on the plan.