Auckland's Western Ring Route roading project is a step closer now the NZ Transport Agency is negotiating with a preferred tenderer for the $270 million causeway upgrade.
The 4.5km project between the Great North Rd and Te Atatu interchanges will add a lane to each side and raise the road to prevent flooding.
Bus lanes will be widened and extended and the pedestrian and cycleways beside the motorway will be improved.
The preferred tenderer is a consortium of Fulton Hogan, Leighton, Aecom, Sinclair Knight Mertz and Coffey Geotechnics.
NZTA will work with the group to refine designs and costs, but no final contract will be made until the end of the year.
NZTA began evaluating tenders in November last year.
The Western Ring Route is one of the Government's seven roads of national significance to help promote economic growth.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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