Con­tract awarded for Do­min­ion Rd

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Work to up­grade one of Auck­land’s busiest thor­ough­fares is a step closer to be­gin­ning with the award­ing of the de­sign con­tract.

En­gi­neer­ing firm Beca has won the con­tract to pre­pare de­tailed de­signs for a $47 mil­lion up­grade to Do­min­ion Rd.

Con­sul­tant Ar­chi­tec­tus will pro­vide spe­cial­ist in­put into ur­ban de­sign and streetscape works.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin in mid 2014.

The Do­min­ion Rd up­grade is set to im­prove bus travel time and re­li­a­bil­ity by cre­at­ing con­tin­u­ous peak hour bus lanes from State High­way 20 to View Rd.

It also fea­tures vil­lage cen­tre up­grades and par­al­lel cy­cle routes on streets with less traf­fic to im­prove cy­cle safety.

The de­tailed de­sign will be de­vel­oped us­ing feed­back from con­sul­ta­tion done since the pro­ject was ap­proved.

Since Oc­to­ber 2012, Auck­land Trans­port has been meet­ing with in­ter­ested stake­holder groups in­clud­ing iwi, the Al­bertE­den and Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Boards, busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions and the emer­gency ser­vices.

In ad­di­tion, a se­ries of pub­lic in­for­ma­tion days were held for the com­mu­nity to give their feed­back.

Beca will now de­velop the de­sign, tak­ing into ac­count stake­holder and com­mu­nity feed­back.

Ideas to be in­cor­po­rated in­clude de­vel­op­ing dis­tinct themes through the vil­lage cen­tres of Bal­moral, Eden Val­ley and Mt Roskill, im­prov­ing pedes­trian cross­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­stalling traf­fic-calm­ing mea­sures along the cy­cle routes and high­light­ing the cul­tural her­itage of the iconic road.

‘‘Do­min­ion Rd is one of the few trans­port cor­ri­dors in Auck­land where there are more bus pas­sen­gers than driv­ers in peak hours,’’ Auck­land Trans­port spokesman Rick Walden says.

‘‘Th­ese num­bers are pre­dicted to in­crease by about 30 per cent.

‘‘The award of the de­tailed de­sign con­tract means that we are an­other step closer to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of this busy road cor­ri­dor.’’

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