Redoubt Road, Manukau Dynamic Lanes to GO LIVE November 9

Quick Win to allow traffic to move more efficient within the existing corridor

Good news everyone, the Dynamic Lanes on Redoubt Road will be going live on Monday, November 9!

From Auckland Transport:

Redoubt Road dynamic lanes go live Monday 9 November

To reduce congestion, Auckland Transport (AT) has installed dynamic lanes on Redoubt Road in Manukau, between the Southern Motorway offramp and Hollyford Drive.

Dynamic lanes use overhead signs and on road lights to change the direction of centre lanes at peak times, improving traffic flow.

This coming Monday 2 November, the overhead signals will switch on, but the lanes will stay the same for one week. This will give the public time to get used to following the overhead signals ahead of the live changes.

The following Monday 9 November, the dynamic lanes will go live for the first time. Dynamic lanes will operate between 3.30pm and 7pm on weekdays.

Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff says a similar project has had big benefits in Whangaparāoa.

“Dynamic lanes are an effective solution to reduce congestion without the costly and time-consuming process of building new physical lanes,” he says.

“They have proved their effectiveness in Whangaparāoa and on the Auckland Harbour Bridge and hopefully will be just as effective on Redoubt Road, which I use frequently.”

Manukau Ward Councillor Alf Filipaina says the changes are a great solution to a longstanding traffic issue in the area.

“On weekday afternoons, most vehicles on Redoubt Road are heading away from Manukau. They have to merge into one lane at the start of Redoubt Road, near the motorway offramp, which can cause delays on the drive or bus ride home.”

“Dynamic lanes are a great, smart, and quick solution that will change the direction of the centre lane on weekdays and remove that pinch point.”

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Lotu Fuli is pleased to see safety improvements as part of the project.

“Safer road crossings at Redoubt Road, Diorella Drive, and Hollyford Drive will make it much safer for those getting off the bus, kids walking to school, and people heading towards the shops at Manukau. Our board are thrilled to see this project completed and ready to go.”

Safety for everyone using the dynamic lanes is a key priority, so AT has run independent safety checks. Once the dynamic lanes go live, AT will be closely monitoring them.

Users of Redoubt Road will see the signals switched on from Monday, but the lanes will be unchanged until the ‘go live’ date on November 9.

For more information see: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/dynamic-lanes/redoubt-road-dynamic-lanes/ and watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw0z6daRMBU&feature=emb_title

  • Monday 2 November: The overhead signals will switch on, but the lanes will stay the same for one week.
  • Monday 9 November: The dynamic lanes will be fully operational.
  • From Monday 9 November, dynamic lanes will operate on weekdays from 3.30pm till 7pm.

-ENDS-

The pictures of the Dynamic Lanes at Redoubt Road. Source: Auckland Transport.

How the Dynamic Lanes will work:

The Dynamic Lanes allow more efficient use of existing road space before having to resort to very disruptive and expensive works needed to add a fourth lane that would not be fully utilised all the time (including if we made it a peak only bus lane). That said Redoubt Road will go four lanes when the Mill Road Project gets under way but that is not for a few years to come with starting and even longer until completion.

One recommendation for Auckland Transport is to allow TWO LANES away from Manukau to Hollyford Drive on Saturdays as the traffic can back up quite bad (I am usually going the other way towards Manukau and there is certainly not enough traffic to warrant two lanes to Manukau when traffic is backed up heading away from it).

But the Dynamic Lanes going online completes the story from what started with submissions against the original 4-laneing of Redoubt Road years ago and the call for Dynamic Lanes instead. Auckland Transport would go down the Dynamic Lane track even as NZTA took over the Mill Road project and the dividends from this quick win (the Dynamic Lanes) and improving on them with the Crossing Signals (thanks to the Community and Local Board for their continued input) will pay off very quickly.

Now then, onto the bus lanes for Manukau Station Road which seems to have stalled again.