Green lights for mo­tor­way noise re­view

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGERALD

Eller­slie res­i­dents are heart­ened by noise bar­rier in­ves­ti­ga­tions that started on Novem­ber 8.

NZTA has started in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­lat­ing to the de­sign of pro­posed bar­ri­ers on a sec­tion of State High­way 1 (SH1) next to Eller­slie.

The pur­pose of the pro­posed bar­ri­ers is to min­imise the ef­fects of mo­tor­way noise on nearby res­i­dents.

The work in­cludes in­ves­ti­gat­ing geotech­ni­cal con­di­tions and sur­vey­ing.

‘‘At this point the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of bar­ri­ers is at a con­cept level with gen­eral bar­rier lo­ca­tions be­ing iden­ti­fied,’’ NZTA Auck­land high­way man­ager Brett Glid­don says.

No of­fi­cial deci­bel read­ings have been recorded, but Glid­don ac­knowl­edges the noise has in­creased.

He says the ex­act lo­ca­tions, bar­rier height and con­struc­tion have not been con­firmed.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tions fol­low on from Eller­slie Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (ERA) sec­re­tary Bryce Bart­ley last month pub­licly call­ing for im­me­di­ate ac­tion to re­duce traf­fic noise from SH1.

Ac­cord­ing to Bart­ley, res­i­dents be­lieve that the in­creased traf­fic on SH1 is pro­duc­ing in­creased noise.

In Oc­to­ber and in con­junc­tion with the ERA, Find­lay and Hew­son St res­i­dents es­tab­lished a group to en­sure mo­tor­way bar­ri­ers are con­structed to al­le­vi­ate the noise prob­lem.

This fol­lows a public meet­ing or­gan­ised by the ERA in May dur­ing which a res­o­lu­tion was passed unan­i­mously to re­quest NZTA erects noise bar­ri­ers along the Eller­slie mo­tor­way cor­ri­dor.

‘‘We are thrilled NZTA is con­sid­er­ing and pro­gress­ing with this project,’’ Eller­slie Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion town cen­tre man­ager Me­gan Dar­row says.

‘‘The noise bar­ri­ers will be a very good thing for Eller­slie res­i­dents and busi­nesses,’’ she says.

‘‘Our vil­lage is the clos­est town cen­tre to a mo­tor­way which makes it highly ac­ces­si­ble, yet re­mains one of the few places where there are no sound bar­ri­ers,’’ Dar­row says.

Glid­don says that there are a num­ber of steps to be taken in the process in­clud­ing co­or­di­na­tion with ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, safety as­sess­ments, con­sent­ing, en­gage­ment and con­sul­ta­tion with ad­ja­cent landown­ers and de­tailed de­sign.

This stage of work will be completed by Novem­ber 20.

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