Do­min­ion Rd­demo stalls

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JACK­SON THOMAS

Plans to de­mol­ish the Do­min­ion Rd fly­over to make way for hous­ing have stalled due to Auck­land’s light rails plans.

In the 1960’s, dozens of cen­tral Auck­land homes were de­mol­ished to make way for the Do­min­ion Rd fly­over.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board mem­ber Graeme Easte said plans to de­mol­ish the fly­over, that curves over and above the in­ter­sec­tion of Do­min­ion Rd and New North Rd, would have pro­vided an eco­nomic boost for the city and freed up land for much needed hous­ing.

How­ever, the project has stalled de­spite pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the de­mo­li­tion show­ing prom­ise, Easte said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, this project has got mixed up with the light rail project,’’ he said.

‘‘What is re­quired ini­tially to get things mov­ing is about $50,000 to build on the ear­lier in­ves­ti­ga­tions and de­velop a busi­ness case, in­clud­ing the cost of de­mol­ish­ing struc­tures.’’

Easte spec­u­lated that the de­mo­li­tion would cost less than $10 mil­lion.

An Auck­land Trans­port spokesper­son said though on hold at the mo­ment, the re­moval of the Do­min­ion Rd fly­over, was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Auck­land Coun­cil.

‘‘Any plan­ning around its re­moval will be in­te­grated with plans for mass tran­sit in this corridor,’’ the spokesper­son said. the ex­ist­ing

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The Do­min­ion Rd fly­over was com­pleted in 1967.

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