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Changes that may affect you

Changes that may affect you

 

Over the next few years, activities and movement in Auckland's city centre are affected by CRL construction and that of a number of other significant projects.

Here we will list any new changes that could affect you.


Street changes up to Christmas

Monday 18 to Friday 22 December

Victoria Street (between Albert and Queen Streets)

  • From Friday December 22nd, Victoria Street East CRL work will be completed and back to normal.
  • This concludes the Connectus works on this part of Victoria Street.


Victoria Street (between Federal and Albert Streets)

  • In the week Monday 18th to Friday 22nd, there will be some noise as the old road is scraped off and rebuilt.
  • Line markings and the traffic switch to the full width of the road is planned to be in place by Friday 22nd of December.
  • This concludes Connectus works on this part of Victoria Street.

Friday 22 December

Albert Street, northbound traffic switch

  • It will now be possible to come down Albert Street and perform a left turn into Customs/Fanshawe Streets.
  • One-way traffic on Albert Street will be continuous during the remainder of excavation works. 
  • This means that Albert Street will be in a 'steady state' for traffic flow that will remain unchanged until late 2018. The setup of Albert Street will look as illustrated:
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Albert Street traffic changes from 18 December 2017

Updated 07 December 2017

Albert Street, northbound traffic switch

  • It will now be possible to come down Albert Street and perform a left turn into Customs/Fanshawe Streets,
  • One-way traffic on Albert Street will be continuous during the remainder of excavation works. 
  • This means that Albert Street will be in a 'steady state' for traffic flow that will remain unchanged until late 2018. The setup of Albert Street will look as illustrated.
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CRL shaft removed

Updated 6 December 2017

Near the corner of Victoria and Albert Streets outside the President Hotel, the CRL "Vic number one" shaft has gone. 

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The work over the road (bungy) side involves the footpath being widened. That work will probably go until Christmas.

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Albert Street traffic changes coming

Updated November 29 2017

By the end of the year, the Albert Street construction decks will be completed allowing a continuous traffic lane to be provided on both sides of the road along the full length of Albert Street.

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This will remove the current need to divert northbound traffic along Wolfe Street and enable to street to return to its original one-way configuration into Albert Street.

Albert Street will then be in a 'steady state' for traffic flow and remain unchanged for a year.

The set-up of Albert Street will increasingly look like the diagram above.


Latest Connectus Albert Street area update 

Updated 02 November 2017

Wyndham Street, western side

  • Utility works unrelated to City Rail Link have started in Wyndham Street west.
  • Left turn from Wyndham Street west into Albert Street is operating   

Intersection of Victoria and Albert Streets 4th - Sunday 5th November

  • The footpath on Victoria Street between Queen and Albert Streets is pushed into one traffic lane. The other lane is operating for vehicles.
  • The intersection is operating by traffic controllers with Stop - Go management, so we can remove the cladding facing Albert Street. Traffic will be back to usual from Monday morning.

End October - Mid November

Between Wolfe and Customs Streets (western side of Albert St outside Quay West, Ronnies and Food Alley)

  • Last section of the surface of the road is being removed and starting the last section of the construction deck. 
  • Victoria Street
  • Large trucks will be coming to both sites from 7am in the morning. This will require very short periods of Stop - Go traffic management, several times a day.
  • Most of the trucks will have completed their work here by mid-November, but there will still be some Stop - Go management through to the end of December 2017.
  • The team is removing the rest of the cladding and the roof of the acoustic shed that surrounded one of the Victoria Street shafts, and will remove framing and equipment in November 2017.

Mid November - Mid December

Victoria Street

  • The acoustic shed at Victoria Street will be demolished and removed by late November.
  • In late November we begin demolition and concrete breaking of site foundations. This will be noisy, and will go for about a week, within 7am to 7pm.
  • Lower Victoria Street will be rebuilt, with a traffic switch in early December 2017. We will advise further on the precise dates for this traffic shift.


Mills Lane to Customs Street

  • The construction deck will be completed.
  • The construction hoardings outside Food Alley will be removed from the footpath and re-installed in the middle of the road. This will be completed by mid December.


Albert Street (between Stamford Hotel entrance and Quay West)

  • In late November - early December, the team will rebuild this section of the road. Traffic details will be provided closer to the date.

Early December - This is not related to CRL works

Kingston and Albert Streets

Currently planned for Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th of December, utilities work is being undertaken. For this work, Kingston Street will be closed, as well as Albert Street northbound lane closed from Kingston to Wyndham Street.


Mid- December 2017

Victoria Street

  • Construction hoardings are removed and replaced with steel mesh fencing. Footpath and road reconstruction. 

Note: The road in Victoria Street will be fully reinstated in early January 2018.


Late December 2017

Albert Street

  • All the deck structures are completed. This means that Albert Street will be in a 'steady state' for traffic flow that will remain unchanged until late 2018.
  • The setup of Albert Street will increasingly look as illustrated below:
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Until mid- 2018

Albert Street, between Kingston and Customs Streets

  • Excavation continues inside the trench. You will see concrete trucks coming into site from 4pm - 7pm.
    • Excavators deep inside the trench will continue working until 10pm at night.
    • The machinery working at depth are bulldozers and diggers.

Continuous traffic lanes return to Albert Street in December

Updated 25 October 2017

By the end of the year, the Albert Street construction deck will be completed, enabling a continuous traffic lane to be provided on both sides of the road along the full length of Albert Street.

This will remove the current need to divert northbound traffic along Wolfe Street and enable the street to return to its original one-way eastbound configuration.


Reinstatement of Wellesley Street turn

Updated 19 October 2017

The right-hand turn from Wellesley Street to Albert Street will be restored in the New Year.

Construction equipment has now been cleared from Wellesley Street at the Albert Street intersection.

The Wellesley St shaft for the new stormwater line under Albert Street has been capped and the road reinstated.

All the stormwater that used to flow through the old pipe down the middle of Albert Street has been diverted into the new line that runs further to the east between Wellesley and Swanson Sts.


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Victoria Street shaft site removal begins

Updated 19 October 2017

The large acoustic shed that surrounded one of the Victoria Street shafts is now being dismantled and should be gone by December.

The 22-metre-deep shaft, which launched the tunnel boring machine that pipe-jacked the new Albert St stormwater line, is being backfilled. The shed will then be removed and Victoria Street realigned to its pre-construction state.

In December, once the road surface has been rebuilt, traffic lanes will be moved over to the northern side of Victoria Street so the footpath on the southern side can be reinstated.

The second Victoria St shaft to the west of Albert Street is also being backfilled.

Victoria Street is expected to be back to normal by Christmas.


Road changes

Updated 16 October 2017

The CRL shed has now been moved from near the corner of Albert andWellesley Streets and traffic and bus lanes have been restored.

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Changes have also been made to the Albert and Customs Street intersection.

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Customs Street Intersection

Updated 12 October 2017

Connectus advise that work around the Customs St intersection is finishing soon with the completion of the bridge deck that enables excavation underneath this intersection.

The road could be reopened as early as 14 October, depending on the weather.

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Wyndham, Wolfe Streets

Updated 2 October 2017

Motorists will find better access now at Wyndham and Wolfe Streets.

  • Swanson diversion is now complete. The left turn into Wolfe St from Albert St is now open. Albert Street traffic is now driving along a traffic deck in the northbound direction, between Swanson St and Wolfe St.
  • Wyndham St West is now reopen (one lane at Wyndham Street West and Albert Street).
  • Swanson pedestrian crossing on the western side, the road is now open to traffic. Please take extra care when crossing the bridge, following the pedestrian lights.
WYNDHAM: Traffic flowing smoothly today

WYNDHAM: Traffic flowing smoothly today

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WOLFE:  Left turn from Albert St now open

WOLFE:  Left turn from Albert St now open


More street changes

Updated 27 August 2017

Connectus advise of the following changes planned. This is correct as of today.

From Monday 2 October - Wyndham Street

One lane will be open at Wyndham Street West and Albert Street.

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From Wednesday 4 October - Wellesley Street

We will have our construction site cleared away from Wellesley Street, and the road re-marked for full width operation.

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From Friday 6 October - Intersection of Customs and Albert Streets

Traffic will be able to turn left from Customs Street along the right hand side of Albert Street. Also at that time the informal pedestrian crossing beside Quay West will be stopped for the remainder of excavation, to enable demolition of the road surface to occur.

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Albert Street bus changes

Updated 23 August 2017

Because of CRL works further up Albert Street starting in January, there will be changes to bus stops and routes.

The changes are in Albert Street between Victoria Street West and Wellesley Street West.

Albert Street will be reduced to a single  through lane in each direction between Victoria Street West and Wellesley Street West. This means bus services that use that area will be relocated.

You will find information and a chance to give feedback on the Auckland Transport website.

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Swanson Street pedestrian bridge opens - but take care

We have opened a second pedestrian bridge in Albert Street- so you can what is going on in the preparation for the underground rail tunnels.

But please be extra careful when crossing it, as the southbound traffic line is live.

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The new pedestrian crossing is on Swanson St, outside the ANZ building (western side) and Grasshopper Thai Restaurant (eastern side). 

 We recently opened another crossing for you next to the Shakespeare Hotel.

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Road surface removal begins between Wolfe and Customs

Updated 20 August 2017

From now until early October, contractor Connectus Joint Venture will remove the remaining section of existing road surface on Albert Street between Wolfe and Customs Streets.

This involves excavating the top 1.5 metres of roadway and installing an extensive steel support structure that will hold apart retaining walls during the bulk excavation works for the CRL tunnels. It will also support a pre-cast concrete traffic deck that enables the entire excavation to be completed while maintaining a lane of traffic in each direction.

The final section of the traffic deck at the intersection of Customs and Albert Streets is expected to be completed in October. This will return the Customs/Albert intersection to its pre-construction state.

In November, the construction deck along Albert Street will be completed, along with the northbound deck for public traffic. This will provide one traffic lane in each direction for the remainder of the construction works.

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Customs Street West traffic changes

Updated 27 July 2017

Customs Street West between Downtown Carpark and Albert Street will be reduced to one lane until November . 

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Please expect delays in the area and plan your travel in advance.

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New pedestrian crossing layout

Updated 27 July 2017

If you cross the intersection of Customs and Albert Streets, you'll find a new layout set up by the Connectus traffic management team.

This enables the construction of the last section of the permanent traffic bridge. This new layout will be in place until this last section is completed which is scheduled for September this year.

A big thank you to our Traffic Controllers that keep us all safe.


Albert Street traffic changes

Updated 26 June 2017

On Albert St, between Wyndham and Swanson Sts, the top 1.5m of road surface continues to be removed to allow the installation of an extensive steel support structure ahead of the bulk excavation works for the City Rail Link (CRL) tunnels.

This structure will hold piled retaining walls apart during the CRL tunnel excavation along Albert St and will also support a pre-cast concrete deck that enables the entire excavation to be completed while maintaining a lane of traffic in each direction. 

In the coming months, the operation will progress towards Customs St and is expected to be completed in October. During this time, Connectus will also start excavating down to the level of the depth of the future CRL tunnels, progressively moving north from the Wyndham St end.

For about one year, southbound traffic has been diverted off Albert St to the Wyndham to Victoria St slip lane by the bluestone heritage wall. This provides the contractor a laydown and stockpiling area opposite the Auckland District Court building to facilitate the excavation and backfill operations associated with the tunnel construction.

From 5 July, northbound traffic along Albert St is scheduled to be temporarily diverted for three months via Swanson St West and Federal St to allow contractors more space to excavate the top 1.5m of roadway and install the large steel struts and pre-cast concrete traffic decks. Wolfe Street will be accessible from Federal Street but there will be no access from the Albert St end.

At the Albert/Customs intersection, construction is nearing completion on the third of four sections of the traffic deck, which will form part of a bridge structure that spans the entire intersection, allowing all four traffic lanes to be re-established (likely by the end of September) while the CRL tunnels are constructed underneath.

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Stay safe when crossing

Updated 15 June 2017

In Downtown Auckland, construction borders are often moved to accommodate the latest section being worked on - so make sure you follow signs and please obey anyone officiating at temporary or changed pedestrian crossings.

CROSS SAFE: Trained people are being used to assist people to cross safely at busy spots. Please follow their instructions

CROSS SAFE: Trained people are being used to assist people to cross safely at busy spots. Please follow their instructions