New Railway Overbridge in Johnsonville
5 August 2014
Work on improving transport for everyone in Johnsonville gets under way in the next 2 weeks, starting with construction on a new railway overbridge on Broderick Road.
A new overbridge on Broderick Road will help to reduce congestion
The bridge is part of an $11m project with the NZ Transport Agency to get traffic moving better around the Johnsonville Triangle. The existing overbridge will be replaced with a new, wider bridge that has capacity for four lanes in the future.
Stavros Michael, the Council’s City Networks Manager, says the bigger bridge will help to reduce congestion at the intersection of Broderick and Moorefield roads, which will also be widened for extra lanes.
“The wider bridge includes cycle lanes on both sides, as part of providing better facilities for cyclists around the triangle, and we’re also allowing for Greater Wellington Regional Council’s planned dual railway tracks at Johnsonville Station.”
In mid-August, contractors will set up their work site near the railway station, which means some of the commuter parking at the station will be closed. Construction of the new bridge starts in earnest from early September; the existing bridge will continue to be used until it’s demolished over the Christmas/ New Year period.
Widening the intersection at the corner of Alex Moore Park will happen during October. There will be some noise and disruption to traffic over the next few months however we will do all we can to minimise this.
The overall project includes widening the State Highway 1 off-ramp to reduce traffic queues, new traffic lights at intersections, cycle lanes and a new pathway for cyclists and pedestrians at the northern end of Johnsonville, and better facilities for public transport. This work is expected to start in the new year to avoid the busy Christmas period and the overall project be completed late in 2015.