Hearing begins on $1.8 billion road
Aucklanders get the chance to have their say on another major roading project as the East West Link proposal goes to a board of inquiry.
The $1.8 billion road would be New Zealand’s most expensive roading project ever, eclipsing the soon-to-be opened Waterview Connection which cost $1.4b.
The four lane link was identified as one of the Government’s roads of national significance and would connect State Highway 1 at Sylvia Park to State Highway 20 at Onehunga.
The board of inquiry runs from June 27 to August 25 at the Ellerslie Events Centre with a final decision expected by November 22. A draft decision is due on October 9.
NZTA said the project was designed to ease congestion and improve travel times between the Onehunga to Penrose industrial hub.
The area employs about 68,000 people and contributes $4.6b a year to Auckland’s economy, NZTA said.
The draft timeline said construction would be completed by 2025 if the project was approved.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released a report earlier this year showing 685 people submitted on the East West Link.
The number of submissions opposing the project in full or in part was 582, or 85 per cent.
The link will improve travel times between the Onehunga to Penrose industrial hub.