New route v im­prove­ments

Taranaki Daily News - - Opinion -

Re: Cost of work at Mt Mes­sen­ger ver­sus im­prove­ments to SH3 North. I read with in­ter­est and to­tally agree with Jim Tucker’s ar­ti­cle in the Daily News, Satur­day, Jan­uary 12.

I have been a long-time ad­vo­cate that the amount of money pro­posed on Mt Mes­sen­ger, which is just a blip in the road north to Pio­pio, is a waste of money and have ex­pressed these views through this me­dia on oc­ca­sions. In his ar­ti­cle, he had some costs for var­i­ous other works that could be done with the money.

I would pre­fer that a lot of money be spent on pass­ing lanes and the es­ti­mates var­ied from $500 to $800,000 each and I would ex­pect that the min­i­mum length be 800m. Round this up to $1 mil­lion per kilo­me­tre and it would cost $145 mil­lion to ba­si­cally three-lane the en­tire 140km from NP to Pio­pio, take away the lengths of road which al­ready have three lanes, sec­tions that it would just be too ex­pen­sive to three-lane, and the sec­tion or road be­tween Bell Block and Waitara – which is sub­ject to its own fund­ing. If the to­tal funds pro­posed for both projects were com­bined, I would sug­gest that Bell Block to Waitara could be fourlaned, with dou­ble-laned round­abouts and most 90 per cent of the re­main­ing route to Pio­pio three­laned. Would the ma­jor­ity of Taranaki peo­ple, in­clud­ing truck­ies, pre­fer the Mt Mes­sen­ger project or what I have just pro­posed? I know my an­swer, but I am ex­tremely bi­ased

Barry Quin, Waitara

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