High­way re­align­ment to be dis­cussed at pub­lic NZTA open day at Eden­dale

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‘‘Our ap­proach in re­view­ing feed­back is to un­der­stand the rea­sons for any is­sues raised, and then con­sider op­tions for im­prov­ing the de­sign.’’

Eden­dale res­i­dents and those from fur­ther afield will get their chance to have a say about the pro­posed re­align­ment of State High­way 1 north of the town­ship.

The NZ Trans­port Agency will host an open day in the town­ship to­day, and hopes the pub­lic will give feed­back on the pro­pos­als for the $15m project.

NZ Trans­port Agency south­ern busi­ness unit man­ager Ian Dun­can said feed­back pro­vided by the pub­lic would be used to shape the pro­posal for the new road, which would by­pass­ing the north­ern boundary of Eden­dale town­ship and the Fon­terra fac­tory.

There were two pro­pos­als for the pub­lic to con­sider.

‘‘The only dif­fer­ence in these two is the in­ter­ac­tion with the ex­ist­ing state high­way at the north­ern end.

‘‘The project is in the preim­ple­men­ta­tion phase when the de­tailed de­sign, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, re­source con­sents and prop­erty ac­qui­si­tion is un­der­taken.’’

The agency has pur­chased land for the project, but that did not in­fer any pre-de­ter­mi­na­tion of the align­ment pro­posal.

‘‘Our ap­proach in re­view­ing feed­back is to un­der­stand the rea­sons for any is­sues raised, and then con­sider op­tions for im­prov­ing the de­sign.’’

At the mo­ment the de­sign fo­cus is on storm-wa­ter man­age­ment, pave­ment de­sign and land­scap­ing,

Plans of the pro­posed de­signs had been posted to res­i­dents in the area and the open day was to al­low them to speak with trans­port agency staff.

‘‘We will have a short sur­vey, which peo­ple can com­plete ei­ther on the day or later on­line. It will ask if they sup­port the project, what their in­ter­est is in the project, which plan they pre­fer, and what key fea­tures they would like to see in the project.

The sur­vey will go on the project web­page to­day and stay live for the fol­low­ing two weeks so those who could not at­tend the open day could still have their say.

Con­struc­tion be­gin next year.

The open day will be held at the Eden­dale Chris­tian Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre be­tween 3pm and 7pm. is ex­pected to

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