Council & City

James Line upgrade

The upgrade includes two new intersections: a roundabout and a long-planned connection through to Rosalie Terrace. The area of road extends from State Highway 3 intersection to the railway line.

Photo shows Higgins contractors working on one of the retaining walls.

The upgrade will improve safety and assist with future development of surrounding land.

New housing growth in the Kelvin Grove and Whakarongo area means that James Line needs upgrading to meet standards for residential areas.

The project involves extensive earthworks and reconstruction of the existing road, which will see a new wider road carriageway constructed, combined with the installations of footpaths, and kerb and channel on both sides of the road, enabling road users to move safely through the area.

A new roundabout is being installed in the lower part of James Line to increase safety, and create a convenient access to and from future subdivisions which are planned for the area. Further changes are happening at Rosalie Terrace, where the road carriageway is being extended and opened up to allow traffic to enter and exit James Line.

New water and wastewater pipes are also being laid down, which will allow residents within the residential zone to connect to the city’s reticulation services when completed. These services are also being sized so they have sufficient capacity for future planned subdivisions.

While works are being undertaken, national service providers Powerco and Chorus are taking the opportunity to underground their services which have previously been transmitted through overhead wires.

Why the upgrade?

Due to city growth, the area is being converted from a rural to an urban environment. Council wants to create user-friendly, accessible spaces which allow for safer movement through the area, as well as provide residents with the practicality of being able to access city services.

Timeline: November 2017 to August 2018

Construction started in November last year, and work is currently expected to be completed early in the 2018-19 financial year, depending on weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

The budget for the work is $4.3 million. Approximately $450,000 of the cost relates to the roundabout servicing the developments on the lower terrace.

If you have any queries, please contact Mark Read, Infrastructure & Projects Engineer on 06 356 8199