McConnell Dowell is pleased to form part of the Alliance that will deliver the detailed design and construction of the Westhaven to Akoranga section of the Northern Pathway.

Following the announcement from the Minister of Transport  (Friday 4 June 2021), we are now able to confirm that the preferred option for the Northern Pathway, Westhaven to Akoranga is a separate structure for walking and cycling alongside the Auckland Harbour Bridge, protecting its heritage and structural integrity. Alliance partners McConnell Dowell,  Aurecon, Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction and Freyssinet, have been actively working on a preferred solution that is fit for a growing Auckland.

The Northern Pathway Westhaven to Akoranga project will provide a seamless, dedicated walking and cycling link between central Auckland and the North Shore. It will connect with existing local paths to extend the region’s walking and cycling network providing people with real choice in the way they travel and significantly improve climate outcomes.

McConnell Dowell's New Zealand and Pacific Managing Director, Fraser Wyllie says this project will enable a modal shift on this strategic connection for Tamaki Makaurau. 

"McConnell Dowell has successfully delivered complex infrastructure projects with our customers and communities across Aotearoa for the past 60 years. We are excited to partner with Waka Kotahi and our Alliance project partners to deliver the Northern Pathway project."

Alliance Project Director, Hugh Milliken, says he is feels privileged to be involved in such a transformative project for the city and shares the excitement of the Alliance project team.

“I’m proud to lead the Alliance to deliver this project which will provide an important strategic connection enabling people to travel across the harbour on foot and on bikes for generations to come.”

The Northern Pathway, from central Auckland to the North Shore, is split into three connected sections for delivery:

  • Westhaven to Akoranga, Te Ara Pae Moana (harbour bridge component) and land component between Sulphur Beach Reserve and Akoranga.
  • Akoranga to Constellation Drive.
  • Constellation Drive to Albany is under construction as part of the Northern Corridor Improvements project.

Once complete, the Northern Pathway will provide a fully separated pathway between Westhaven and Albany with local entry and exit points.