A major $30 million road upgrade to make the congested 2.2km stretch of road between New Windsor and New Lynn safer will begin later this month.
Auckland Transport said the work, due to begin at Tiverton Rd and Wolvertson St on July 23, will improve traffic flow, increase road capacity, widen footpaths, make crossing points safer and upgrade utility services and stormwater drains.
Landscaping and street lighting will be improved and new bus shelters will be built.
Traffic signals will be installed at five intersections providing dedicated crossing points, and new footpaths, pedestrian islands and pram crossings will be built.
The initial stage of the project will prepare the way for the major works to begin. Trees will be removed, trenches dug, overhead power and telephone lines will be removed and new services will be installed underground. Major road construction is due to begin in August. One lane of traffic will be kept open in each direction during the works.
Whau Local Board chairman Derek Battersby said his board fully endorsed the project.
"We've been waiting many years for this upgrade so we're really pleased that work is about to begin. While construction will bring some inevitable disruption and inconvenience in the short term, we urge people to bear with it because the project is set to deliver many long-term benefits for those living and working in the area."
The upgrade is expected to take less than two years.
Anyone wanting to know more about the project is invited to attend a community information session on Tuesday July 17 at the Liberty Church Auditorium, 96 Lansford Cres, Avondale, from 3pm to 7pm.
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