No more chi­cane on Great North Rd

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - JAMES PASLEY

Mo­torists along Great North Rd are about to en­joy a much straighter ride.

For the past year chi­canes and a 30kmh speed limit have been in place on Great North Rd along­side the north­ern end of the Water­view Con­nec­tion tun­nel en­trance.

The chi­cane was cre­ated so that a shaft could be built be­low Great North Rd to carry fumes from the Water­view Con­nec­tion tun­nels to a vent stack near the ser­vice sta­tion.

Now the fume shafts are com­pleted the stretch of road will re­turn to nor­mal and the speed limit will re­turn to 50kmh on Jan­uary 17 weather per­mit­ting.

Water­view Su­perette, which is lo­cated just af­ter the chi­cane, hadn’t been too af­fected by the change in the road over the past year.

Divesh Ku­mar who owns the su­perette said he hadn’t minded the road works.

‘‘You can’t have it all, in the name of progress you have to ac­cept it,’’ Ku­mar said.

He said he had en­joyed watch­ing the cranes work­ing on the project.

The Water­view Con­nec­tion project is an in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment that will com­plete the West­ern Ring Route, a 48km mo­tor­way route be­tween Manukau and Al­bany.

Great North Rd will re­main open dur­ing the re­in­state­ment work.

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