New look for Do­min­ion Rd

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Work on the Do­min­ion Rd up­grade will start in Septem­ber af­ter de­ci­sions by Auck­land Trans­port and New Zealand Trans­port Agency to fund the $66.3 mil­lion project.

The cy­cle routes on streets par­al­lel to Do­min­ion Rd will start this month and be com­pleted by about Oc­to­ber. The other parts of the project will be car­ried out in stages and work is ex­pected to be fin­ished by mid-2016.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes wel­comes the an­nounce­ment, say­ing the pro­posed up­grade is boost­ing in­vest­ment.

Auck­land Trans­port chair­man Dr Lester Levy says the im­prove­ments to the road will give it the ca­pac­ity to deliver up to 3 mil­lion bus pas­sen­gers a year to their des­ti­na­tions quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

Bus lanes will be con­nected from State High­way 20 to View Rd and there will be no park­ing there dur­ing peak times.

These mea­sures will re­duce to­tal trip times, in­crease the num­ber of bus move­ments at peak times and in­crease ser­vice re­li­a­bil­ity.

Foot­paths will be im­proved along both sides of Do­min­ion Rd and raised me­di­ans will be in­stalled in Mt Eden, Bal­moral and Mt Roskill.

The three vil­lages will also be en­hanced with land­scap­ing and plant­ing, dec­o­ra­tive pav­ing, seat­ing, bike stands, light­ing and pedes­tri­an­pri­or­ity cross­ings.

‘‘Do­min­ion Rd is a key artery and a vi­tal com­po­nent in im­prov­ing pas­sen­ger travel and safety for many thou­sands of people,’’ Levy says.

‘‘It will have an equally im­por­tant part to play in the strat­egy for re­duc­ing con­ges­tion.

‘‘Equally de­sir­able is the op­por­tu­nity to boost the vi­brancy and at­trac­tive­ness of these his­toric town cen­tres and so con­trib­ute to the qual­ity of ex­pe­ri­ence for people us­ing them, and the qual­ity of life of those who live there.’’

Smarter travel: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the re­sults of the Do­min­ion Rd up­grade.

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