Lincoln Rd the new Te Atatu?
Lincoln Rd business owners do not want a repeat of the ‘‘absolute two-year shambles’’ of the Te Atatu Rd upgrade.
An $80 million upgrade has been planned for Lincoln Rd by Auckland Transport (AT) in 2023, to improve the arterial route between Te Pai Pl and the Northwestern Motorway. The upgrade was similar to the Te Atatu Rd works with improved intersections, cycleways and bus priority measures planned. Lincoln Rd would be widened to six lanes to include a T3 lane on both sides of the road, and planted median strips will be built.
It was expected to take two years to complete. Lincoln Rd is the busiest stretch of road in west Auckland, with about 42,000 vehicles using it per day.
‘‘What we don’t want to see is the absolute two-year shambles of the Te Atatu Rd development,’’ Central Park Business Association’s Garry Bates said.
‘‘It’s hard enough to commute, let alone have a business on Lincoln Rd ... with Te Atatu Rd there has been some real pain.’’
West Auckland Business Club president Tim Livingstone said the process for the Te Atatu Rd works was ‘‘completely unacceptable’’ and if similar happened in Lincoln Rd, businesses ‘‘will go to the wall’’.
‘‘We are putting a stake and claim quite clearly that Auckland Transport need to get their act together when it comes to Lincoln Rd,’’ Livingstone said.
AT spokesman Mark Hannan said they understood the frustrations and disruptions the works on Te Atatu Rd caused but it was ‘‘inevitable’’ there would be a level of disruption with any roadworks. He said once the Te Atatu Rd works were completed, a thorough review would be carried out to help minimise or mitigate disruptions where possible when Lincoln Rd upgrade begins.
‘‘It’s inevitable that there will be a level of disruption with any roadworks, that cannot be avoided,’’ Hannan said.
‘‘However, there is a lot more space to work in on Lincoln Rd, Te Atatu is a very constrained construction corridor, which will enable different strategies to be implemented.’’
Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford had called for an independent investigation into the Te Atatu Rd project.
NZ Transport Agency announced $46.4m in advanced funding to AT for Lincoln Rd upgrade on June 21.
An artist’s impression of the planned upgrade at Lincoln Rd that will include improved intersections and cycleways.