Link road will be vi­tal

The Hutt News - - YOUR VIEWS -

Richard Cole claims (Your Views, May 19) that, in the wake of the May 14 flood­ing, the NZ Trans­port Agency is un­der­in­vest­ing in State High­way 2. He goes on to crit­i­cise the Pe­tone to Gre­nada project.

It is im­por­tant to recog­nise that Pe­tone to Gre­nada is a fun­da­men­tally cru­cial in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of State High­way 2, be­cause SH2 can­not work to its full po­ten­tial with­out ef­fec­tive con­nec­tions.

Pe­tone to Gre­nada will make SH2 more free flow­ing by cre­at­ing more ef­fi­cient con­nec­tions to the west and a new Pe­tone In­ter­change, while re­duc­ing traf­fic head­ing to and from SH58.

Cru­cially, peo­ple will have an al­ter­na­tive route be­tween Welling­ton and Hutt Val­ley. Such a route was sorely lack­ing dur­ing the flood­ing.

There is no foun­da­tion for the claim that the project would cause a ‘‘wa­ter­fall to hur­tle down the hill’’.

It will be built with mod­ern drainage sys­tems, the in­ter­change will sit above flood lev­els, and the project will en­able us to in­ves­ti­gate and po­ten­tially ad­dress the very flood­ing prob­lems that caused SH2 to close.

Also un­founded is the claim that a sea­side cy­cle­way would be ‘‘pum­melled by wa­ter com­ing off the hills’’.

In fact, such a cy­cle­way, if pro­gressed, could pro­vide a buf­fer be­tween the sea and the rail and road cor­ri­dor to pre­vent the kind of dis­rup­tion that oc­curred in the June 2013 storm.

We are also work­ing closely with Greater Welling­ton and Hutt City Coun­cils to sort out trans­port and flood risk is­sues at Melling, and we’re propos­ing a new SH258 in­ter­change and ex­plor­ing other im­prove­ments up and down SH2.

We recog­nise the ex­ten­sive frus­tra­tion that the May 14 flood­ing caused. Im­prov­ing the high­way net­work is not an overnight job, and we stress that the ex­treme weather of May 14 would test any trans­port sys­tem. We will con­tinue to work with our trans­port part­ners to give the peo­ple of Hutt Val­ley a safe, ef­fi­cient and re­silient State High­way 2 life­line. to me about a plan to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion. It did not pro­ceed due the cost and I have heard noth­ing since.

My­self and two ad­ja­cent neigh­bours were af­fected by the flood­ing this month, and prob­a­bly more res­i­dents too.

This is­sue has ex­isted for over 15 years. If coun­cil can find money to spend on a war me­mo­rial out­side the li­brary and bring­ing the Phoenix foot­ball team to Lower Hutt then why can’t it spend money on known in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems?

I un­der­stand the coun­cil spent $155,000 bring­ing the Phoenix here for three games.

This is ridicu­lous when se­ri­ous drainage prob­lems ex­ist.

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