Road re­pairs don’t sat­isfy

North Harbour News - - HEALTH & BEAUTY - FELIC­ITY REID

Auck­land res­i­dents are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dis­sat­is­fied with the state of the roads and foot­paths, de­spite in­creased in­vest­ment from both local and cen­tral govern­ment.

Each quar­ter since Septem­ber 2016, Auck­land Trans­port (AT) has re­ported a steady drop in Auck­lan­ders’ sat­is­fac­tion lev­els around the qual­ity of both roads and foot­paths in the re­gion.

How­ever, be­tween AT’s local fund­ing and NZ Trans­port Agency’s (NZTA) fund­ing more than $6 mil­lion ex­tra has been spent on Auck­land’s pave­ment and seal in 2016/17 than in 2015/16.

A com­bined to­tal of $122,432,301 has been al­lo­cated from AT and NZTA in 2016/17 for re­new­ing and main­tain­ing foot­paths and re­seal­ing roads.

On the North Shore, Tor­bay res­i­dent Jim O’Brien wrote on Neigh­bourly that one of the local roads has been in vary­ing states of dis­re­pair for the last decade.

‘‘The whole up­per end of Glen­var Rd has been, and still is, a hodge­podge of pot­holes and re­pairs over at least 10 years.

‘‘Even back when it was the boundary of East Coast Bays and Rod­ney Coun­cil they could not work out who was go­ing to pay for road re­pairs. Now it is un­der the ‘Su­per City’ it seems that re­pairs or whole up­grades have been rel­e­gated to back burner sta­tus.’’

Mul­ti­ple Al­bany Heights res­i­dents com­plained to AT this year that the resur­fac­ing of Gills Rd was lift­ing soon af­ter it was laid.

Glenn Bri­dle from Browns Bay wrote on Neigh­bourly: ‘‘I find it strange that the works to add a foot­path across a traf­fic is­land on Beach Rd/Browns Bay Rd have not been ex­panded to in­clude road re­pairs where the road is rapidly sink­ing around 200m away from the site of ma­jor dis­rup­tion’’.

Jude Larkin has con­tacted AT about the cur­rent state of the ‘‘pot­holed and ne­glected’’ Powrie St in Glen­field lead­ing to the re­serve and is await­ing a rem­edy.

Some res­i­dents have also com­plained about foot­path is­sues.

AT gives the foot­path net­work a rou­tine in­spec­tion each year and from there foot­path faults are iden­ti­fied for any main­te­nance re­quired.

In­spec­tions are also done when AT are no­ti­fied by mem­bers of the pub­lic or other author­i­ties to pos­si­ble is­sues.

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