Cy­cle­way project mov­ing de­spite go­ing over bud­get

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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