More homes to go
A SUNNY garden which has been carefully tended for 12 years will be ripped out to make way for interchange upgrades at Great North Rd, as part of the Waterview motorway completion.
Last week the New Zealand Transport Agency announced further work on the project, which will see sections of State Highway 16 widened with extra lanes and several interchanges improved.
Several houses which border the Great North Rd interchange are expected to go, in addition to about 350 homes already needed for the State Highway 20 connection.
Cowley St resident Emma Fruean says she will be sad to see her garden destroyed and she plans to salvage some of the plants.
She and her family found out last year that their Housing New Zealand property was on the chopping block.
“There’s nothing else we can do. It’s really sad.”
The transport agency says staged works from St Lukes to Westgate will add an extra lane in each direction, to allow buses to use the motorway shoulders, raise the causeway and widen the adjacent cycleway.
Interchanges at Te Atatu, Lincoln Rd and Royal Rd will also be upgraded.
Agency regional director Wayne McDonald says the work will complement the Waterview connection project.
“The project will help traffic flow, improve safety and allow this important eastwest link to function better.”
He says some land reclamation for the widening will be required from Great North Rd to Rosebank Peninsula and on the seaward side of the peninsula.
“Current designs indicate 83 houses will need to be purchased for the project,” says Mr McDonald.
The agency has contacted affected residents and Mr McDonald says it is committed to keeping people informed.
Pt Chevalier resident Peter Cook says he is expecting a large increase in traffic as a result of the State Highway 16 upgrades.
He lives near the Pt Chevalier off-ramp and would like to see more tree-planting and sound barrier measures put in place, saying that noise often reflects off the water.
The motorway causeway from Great North Rd to Rosebank Rd has been gradually sinking since it was built in the 1950s.
“When we widen the causeway, we will take the opportunity to raise the existing road level to eliminate flooding which has become more prevalent,” says Mr McDonald.
Once complete, the western ring route will provide a 48km alternative motorway from Manukau to Albany that reduces reliance on State Highway 1.
Four information days will be held for residents:
September 26, 11am to 3pm at Pasadena Intermediate, Pt Chevalier.
September 30, 3.30pm to 7.30pm at Te Atatu Community Centre.
October 10, 11am to 3pm at Te Atatu Community Centre.
October 3, 11am to 3pm at Royal Road School, Massey.