More traffic but path to be easier
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