Grafton Gully - creating a multi-way boulevard
About this opportunity
The City Centre Masterplan has identified the potential to transform SH16 through Grafton Gully into a multi-way boulevard as a key component of realising Transformational move 2: The east and west stitch.
Why we want to do this
A boulevard treatment for Grafton Gully will continue to accommodate high freight and traffic volumes with improved traffic flow while creating safer and more civilised street edges.
This will greatly improve walking, cycling and local access andencourage new and enhanced mixed-use development opportunities alongside the corridor.
How it would happen
The masterplan envisages a multi-way boulevard opportunity for Grafton Gully as having the potential to accommodate the following elements:
Prioritising freight movements
Central through-lanes prioritising freight movements between the port and motorway network with improved traffic flow and reduced conflict with local access.
Enhanced property access
Median-separated local access lanes and kerbside parking providing safe, slow speed street environments to and alongside adjoining properties, many with significant development potential.
Wider and higher quality footpaths along both sides of the street encouraging development to engage more with the public realm.
Separated cycleways along both sides connecting Grafton Gully cycleway with Quay Street and Tamaki Drive.
Safe and dignified signalised at-grade crossing for pedestrians and cyclists reducing the severance factor between neighbourhoods either side of the gully.
Encouraging mixed-used development
Encourage greater and higher quality new mixed-use development opportunities on sites immediately adjoining the corridor.
Acknowledging the Waipapa Stream
Opportunities to acknowledge and/or reveal the Waipapa Stream.
New boulevard street tree planting to visually narrow and contain the wide street corridor, enhance the pedestrian environment, and address air quality and urban heat island effect.
Grafton Gully boulevard explained
A multi-way boulevard for Grafton Gully that will continue to accommodate high freight and traffic volumes with improved traffic flow.
Safer and more civilised street edges are established to facilitate walking, cycling and local access while encouraging new mixed-use development opportunities alongside.
Total width of road reserve and number of traffic lanes to be determined and will likely vary along length.
Characteristics of the boulevard
- Local access lane and kerbside parking.
- New mixed-use development frontage.
- Dedicated central through lanes for freight and general traffic.
- Widened footpath and separated cycleways connecting Grafton Gully cycleway with Quay Street and Tamaki Drive.
- Safe, dignified and signalised at-grade crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.