Hearing begins on $1.8 billion road
Aucklanders get the chance to have their say on another major roading project as the East West Link proposal goes to a board of inquiry.
The $1.8 billion road would be New Zealand’s most expensive roading project ever, eclipsing the soon-to-be opened Waterview Connection which cost $1.4b. The four lane link would connect State Highway 1 at Sylvia Park to State Highway 20 at Onehunga.
NZTA said the project was designed to ease congestion and improve travel times between the Onehunga to Penrose industrial hub - an area that employs about 68,000 people and contributes $4.6b a year to Auckland’s econ- omy.
The board of inquiry is being held at Ellerslie Event Centre from June 27 to August 25. A final decision is the expected by November 22 with construction completed by 2025.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released a report earlier this year showing 685 people submitted on the proposal.
The number of submissions opposing the project in full or in part was 582, or 85 per cent.
In November, Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga expressed concerns about the design of the project and the amount of public consultation and transparency.
A computer generated image of how the East West Link would look in Onehunga.