North­west­ern road­works

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Im­prove­ments to the North­west­ern mo­tor­way be­tween St Lukes Rd and Great North Rd in­ter­changes will get un­der way in mid-au­tumn.

A two kilo­me­tre-long sec­tion of the mo­tor­way, which forms part of the Western Ring Route, will be widened from three to four lanes in each di­rec­tion.

There will also be im­prove­ments to the mo­tor­way ramps and St Lukes Rd over­bridge will be widened.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency’s high­ways man­ager Tommy Parker says this is the last of six projects to con­nect the North­west­ern and South­west­ern mo­tor­ways.

‘‘The up­grade is part of our pro­gramme to get our net­work ready for the in­creased vol­ume of traf­fic when the Water­view tun­nels con­nect­ing the North­west­ern and South­west­ern mo­tor­ways are com­pleted in early 2017,’’ he says.

Other part of the project still un­der con­struc­tion in­clude the up­grade of the Lin­coln and Te Atatu in­ter­changes, the Cause­way Up­grade Project, and the Water­view Con­nec­tion.

The Western Ring Route is a Road of Na­tional Sig­nif­i­cance. It will pro­vide a 47km-long al­ter­na­tive to State High­way 1 be­tween Al­bany and Manukau and will im­prove city and re­gional trans­port con­nec­tions.

The $70m project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by late 2016.

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