Au­tumn start date

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Im­prove­ments to the north­west­ern mo­tor­way be­tween St Lukes Rd and Great North Rd in­ter­changes will get un­der way in mi­dau­tumn.

A two kilo­me­tre-long sec­tion of the mo­tor­way, which forms part of the west­ern ring route, will be widened from three to four lanes in each di­rec­tion.

There will also be im­prove­ments to the mo­tor­way ramps and St Lukes Rd over­bridge will be widened.

NZ Trans­port Agency high­ways man­ager Tommy Parker says this is the last of six projects to con­nect the north­west­ern and south­west­ern mo­tor­ways.

‘‘The up­grade is part of our pro­gramme to get our net­work ready for the in­creased vol­ume of traf­fic when the Water­view tun­nels con­nect­ing the north­west­ern and south­west­ern mo­tor­ways are com­pleted in early 2017,’’ he says.

Other parts of the project still un­der con­struc­tion in­clude the up­grade of the Lin­coln and Te Atatu in­ter­changes, the Cause­way Up­grade Project and the Water­view Con­nec­tion.

The west­ern ring route is a Road of Na­tional Sig­nif­i­cance.

The $70m project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by late 2016.

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