$2 mil­lion for ‘night­mare’ in­ter­sec­tion


Plan­ning for a fix to north Auck­land’s prob­lem plagued Hill St in­ter­sec­tion has been brought for­ward, the New Zealand Trans­port Agency and Auck­land Trans­port have an­nounced.

They are throw­ing $2 mil­lion into the blocked up artery at Warkworth to in­ves­ti­gate de­sign changes to the in­ter­sec­tion.

De­signs put on the ta­ble by fedup Warkworth res­i­dents, and some by Auck­land Trans­port, will form the list of op­tions to be con­sid­ered by the project team.

But it is still thought much of the prob­lem will be solved by the north­ern mo­tor­way ex­ten­sion.

‘‘When the new mo­tor­way is fin­ished in 2021, along with other up­grades such as the Matakana Link Road and Western Col­lec­tor, much of the cur­rent traf­fic will be able to by­pass Warkworth, eas­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of the ex­ist­ing pres­sure on Hill Street,’’ Ernst Zoll­ner NZTA’s Auck­land Re­la­tion­ship Di­rec­tor said.

The Trans­port Agency said it’s con­tin­u­ing to work with Auck­land Trans­port to in­ves­ti­gate and de­liver short term so­lu­tions to im­prove the ca­pac­ity and ef­fi­ciency of the in­ter­sec­tion dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods.

Auck­land Trans­port’s De­liv­ery Man­ager, North and West, David Nel­son said with the fund­ing a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion for re-de­sign­ing the in­ter­sec­tion can be done.

‘‘We’ll also look at any land ac­qui­si­tion and reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments needed be­fore we can phys­i­cally start the work.’’

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‘‘With con­tin­u­ous growth pres­sures they will need to push ev­ery­thing for­ward’’

Group said it wanted to see the in­ter­sec­tion take more pri­or­ity than just plan­ning.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency stopped a ma­jor up­grade of the in­ter­sec­tion in 2009, when the in­ter­sec­tion han­dled 32,550 ve­hi­cles.

It now han­dles 35,900 ve­hi­cles, and by the time the mo­tor­way is com­plete it will be 42,350 ve­hi­cles a day, the group said.

‘‘We will get in be­hind the New Zealand Trans­port Agency and Auck­land Trans­port to push through the de­sign phase as quickly as pos­si­ble. We may yet see one of their de­signs min­imise dis­rup­tion, elim­i­nat­ing the need to wait on other projects.’’

The group want a plan that min­imises dis­rup­tion,.

‘‘The New Zealand Trans­port Agency are be­com­ing more dy­namic to growth and we look for­ward to see­ing their plans over the com­ing months.’’

Fix Hill Street Now Ac­tion Group mem­ber and former in­fra­struc­ture an­a­lyst Grant McLach­lan’s ‘‘pill’’ shaped round­about that he be­lieves will re­solve is­sues.

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