No more bend in the road
Motorists along Great North Rd are about to enjoy a much straighter ride.
For the past year chicanes and a 30kmh speed limit have been in place on Great North Rd alongside the northern end of the Waterview Connection tunnel entrance.
The chicane was created so that a shaft could be built below Great North Rd to carry fumes from the Waterview Connection tunnels to a vent stack near the service station.
Now the fume shafts are completed the stretch of road will return to normal and the speed limit will return to 50kmh on January 17, weather permitting.
Waterview Superette, which is located just after the chicane, hadn’t been too affected by the change in the road over the past year.
Divesh Kumar who owns the superette said he hadn’t minded the road works.
‘‘You can’t have it all, in the name of progress you have to accept it,’’ Kumar said.
He said he had enjoyed watching the cranes working on the project.
The Waterview Connection project is an infrastructural development that will complete the Western Ring Route, a 48km motorway route between Manukau and Albany.
Great North Rd will remain open during the reinstatement work.
Motorists will no longer have to wind their way through Great North Rd in Waterview from January 17, weather permitting.