More traf­fic but path to be eas­ier

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Kenepuru Drive can ex­pect a 50 per cent in­crease in traf­fic fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of Trans­mis­sion Gully, but Porirua will be ‘‘an eas­ier place to get to’’, Porirua City coun­cil­lors were told last week.

The bil­lion-dol­lar pro­ject is slated to be­gin con­struc­tion in 2016, with com­ple­tion ex­pected by 2021. There are huge im­pacts on Porirua and Tawa, with in­ter­changes planned for Whitby, Porirua East, Kenepuru and Lin­den.

New Zealand Trans­port Agency prin­ci­pal pro­ject man­ager Glen Prince told the city ser­vices com­mit­tee last Thurs­day that traf­fic num­bers along Kenepuru Dr would in­crease from 16,000 to 23,000 daily. The new in­ter­change would come out where Bow­land cur­rently sits.

But he did add that with a new route through to Els­don, mo­torists would not put as much pres­sure on Mun­gavin Bridge and Ti­tahi Bay Rd – the num­ber of cars on the lat­ter is ex­pected to fall by 10 per cent – and traf­fic bound for Tawa would no longer need to go through Porirua.

‘‘The gen­eral mes­sage we want to send is that, in terms of traf­fic vol­umes, there is good news for Porirua.

‘‘We’re not chang­ing the dy­nam­ics of the cor­ri­dor but this city will be­come an eas­ier place to get to be­cause we will be giv­ing peo­ple choices. There is ad­e­quate ca­pac­ity to cope with this [ex­tra traf­fic along Kenepuru Dr] and NZTA will take what­ever mea­sures are re­quired to make it work. We’re not go­ing to just dump all these ex­tra cars on your lo­cal roads.’’

Asked about traf­fic con­ges­tion near the en­trance to Bishop Viard Col­lege in the morn­ings and af­ter­noons, Mr Prince said that was a lo­cal au­thor­ity is­sue, but NZTA would be talk­ing to PCC about op­tions there. ‘‘Mod­el­ling’’ for Trans­mis­sion Gully would likely be re­leased mid-year.

Glen Prince NZTA prin­ci­pal pro­ject man­ager

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