Cycleway project moving despite going over budget
The Mt Roskill cycleway looks set to go ahead once the project has been reviewed by the Auckland City Council to determine how it can move forward within budget constraints.
The cost ballooned in recent months from an approved budget of $1.2 million to around $1.89m.
Council general manager of transport Don Munro told the transport committee on May 7 that there is every intention for the project to go ahead.
He says it was meant to start on April 9, but estimates were outside the budget.
Project manager Frank Price told the committee a temporary fence would be put up along the site and work would start at the end of the month.
Councillor John Lister says he is keen to see the project completed.
“It is a shame so much cost is associated with basic roading.”
“We can save some money,” he says.
Disadvantages for reviewing the project are listed in a council report, which include a delay of one year or more if the conditions of the resource consent are revisited.
It says previously available credit of $130,000 from the New Zealand Transport Agency for the construction of a fence will now be used to cover the cost of temporary fencing and footpath reinstatement.
It also says Fulton Hogan may claim for costs incurred to date.