Warn­ing as work on link road set to start

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JARED NI­COLL

Res­i­dents are be­ing warned of the risk of dust and noise as ground­work for the sin­gle big­gest road­ing project Porirua City Coun­cil has been in­volved in gets un­der­way.

The road­ing con­struc­tion com­pa­nies be­hind the Trans­mis­sion Gully project, CPB and HEB, have writ­ten to Wai­tan­girua res­i­dents warn­ing them work this win­ter will in­volve get­ting in and clear­ing bush be­hind Porirua East.

The clear­ing will al­low ac­cess to the cen­tral sec­tion of a new Wai­tan­girua Link Road, which will even­tu­ally con­nect War­spite Ave in Wai­tan­girua to an in­ter­change with the Whitby Link Road and then on to the Trans­mis­sion Gully Project.

Writ­ing on be­half of the com­pa­nies, com­mu­nity and stake­holder man­ager Belinda Macken­zie-Dodds warned War­spite Ave res­i­dents they could be par­tic­u­larly af­fected by part of the project.

‘‘If you feel as though you are be­ing un­duly af­fected by dust, please con­tact us im­me­di­ately and we will work with you to mit­i­gate ef­fects.

‘‘As with any con­struc­tion work, our ac­tiv­i­ties will make some noise and some machin­ery may cause vi­bra­tion in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the site.’’ The work would be mon­i­tored to en­sure it kept to na­tional stan­dards for noise and vi­bra­tion lev­els.

It will be done in prepa­ra­tion for the main earth­works phase next spring.

The two kilo­me­tre Wai­tan­girua Link Road will even­tu­ally in­ter­sect with War­spite Ave and Ni­a­gara St, near Wai­tan­girua Mall, and be con­trolled by traf­fic sig­nals.

De­signed for a 50kmh speedlimit, Wai­tan­girua and Whitby Link roads will have a 1.5 me­tre wide sealed shoul­der on both sides for cy­clists and a 3.3m verge to al­low for a foot­path to be built in the fu­ture.

About 4900 ve­hi­cles will travel the Wai­tan­girua road each day.

Trans­mis­sion Gully mo­tor­way project com­mu­nity ad­vi­sor Joe Fen­ton said heavy ve­hi­cles would soon start ac­cess­ing the bush be­hind Porirua East via an ac­cess road near the Mana Coach bus de­pot.

‘‘We’ll be work­ing on clear­ing the bushes be­hind Mana Coaches then earth-work starts on the hill­side.’’

PHOTO: JARED NI­COLL/FAIR­FAX

The Mana Coach bus de­pot in Wai­tan­girua near where an ac­cess road will be made for heavy ve­hi­cles to get into the bush be­hind Porirua East. In­set, a map of the link road, and the ad­vance of the Trans­mis­sion Gully project.

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