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Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - Turn to P3 By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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.

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