Do­min­ion Rd fly­over de­mo­li­tion job stalls

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JACK­SON THOMAS

Plans to de­mol­ish the Do­min­ion Rd fly­over to make way for hous­ing have stalled due to Auck­land’s light rails plans.

In the 1960’s, dozens of cen­tral Auck­land homes were de­mol­ished to make way for the Do­min­ion Rd fly­over.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board mem­ber Graeme Easte said plans to de­mol­ish the fly­over, that curves over and above the in­ter­sec­tion of Do­min­ion Rd and New North Rd, would have pro­vided a eco­nomic boost for the city.

Easte said the de­mo­li­tion would also free up land for ‘‘much needed Auck­land hous­ing’’.

How­ever, the project had stalled de­spite pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the de­mo­li­tion show­ing prom­ise, Easte said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, this project has got mixed up with the light rail project and for now is ef­fec­tively stalled for want of fund­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘What is re­quired ini­tially to get things mov­ing is about $50,000 to build on the ear­lier in­ves­ti­ga­tions and de­velop a busi­ness case, in­clud­ing the cost of de­mol­ish­ing the ex­ist­ing struc­tures.’’

Easte spec­u­lated that the de­mo­li­tion would cost less than $10 mil­lion.

He said coun­cil staff had cal- cu­lated that the long term ben­e­fits could be about north of $100 mil­lion.

An Auck­land Trans­port (AT) spokesper­son said though on hold at the mo­ment, the re­moval of the Do­min­ion Rd fly­over was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Auck­land Coun­cil.

‘‘Any plan­ning around its re­moval will be in­te­grated with plans for mass tran­sit in this corridor,’’ the spokesper­son said.

Eden Ter­race res­i­dent Rowena Yal­land said she ini­tially heard about plans to de­mol­ish the fly­over last year at a pub­lic meet­ing.

Yal­land said her fam­ily liked the fly­over and used it reg­u­larly to ac­cess train and bus ser­vices.

The in­ter­change was built in the mid-1960s in an­tic­i­pa­tion for a new mo­tor­way run­ning along­side Do­min­ion Rd to­wards Mt Roskill. How­ever, plans to build the mo­tor­way were can­celled shortly af­ter the fly­over con­struc­tion.

In Septem­ber, the Al­bert Eden Lo­cal Board held an ex­hi­bi­tion on the can­celled Do­min­ion Rd mo­tor­way as part of the Auck­land Her­itage Fes­ti­val.

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The Do­min­ion Rd fly­over was com­pleted in 1967.

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