The last thing Donna Wynd wants is a motorway running through her neighbourhood.
But the Otahuhu resident fears that will be the case if one of the options proposed for the East-West Link roading corridor becomes a reality.
The link is a priority for the government as it tries to create better connections for trucks carrying freight between Onehunga and East Tamaki.
Four options are being considered and houses could be demolished, bridges built or roads upgraded to create it.
Ms Wynd found out through a transport blog that one of the proposed routes could go straight through her property.
"I clicked a link and thought ‘oh my God, that could be going over the top of my house'," she says.
Auckland Transport's website has some information on the link but no specific mention of the four options.
Spokesman Rick Walden says the roading body is trying not to raise residents' concerns unnecessarily by publicising the work done so far.
"Further work needs to be carried out to identify the likely routes before asking property owners and the wider public for their feedback."
Local boards and businesses have been consulted, he says.
"The clear message from business is that there is a high need for congestion issues in the area to be dealt with," Mr Walden says.
But Ms Wynd says a motorway through her neighbourhood isn't the answer.
"If the problem is getting freight from Onehunga I don't see how a motorway through Mangere and Otahuhu is going to deal with that."
And she's disturbed by comments from Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee that finance for the new road could be in place by early next year. Ms Wynd says the central rail link should be the government's No 1 transport priority for Auckland.
Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board deputy chairwoman Christine O'Brien says the board has major concerns about the East-West project.
"The whole rationale is to take freight off residential streets. The answer to that is not to destroy residential streets."
The process is moving "incredibly fast" compared with most other projects, which has surprised the board, Ms O'Brien says.
"They are starting to consult much more widely now. This came as a complete shock to us."
But knowledge of the project is still "not really out in the public domain", she says.
"It's potentially affecting an awful lot of people's homes."
The board would prefer an upgrade of existing roads to establish the link rather than creating new roads.
Auckland Transport planner Ian Blundell told a meeting of affected businesses the options are not rigid and the final plan could combine a mix of elements from all four.
"We are right at the start of planning and we are willing to talk with key stakeholders on this," he says.
"We'd like to find ways to bring it forward and we hope to have a business case by the end of the year so we have to move quickly.
"The preferred option will likely be a pick-and-mix, taking the best of each and creating a solution."
More than 6000 heavy freight vehicles a day travel along Neilson and Church streets in Onehunga - more freight than on most state highways.
■ Option 1 involves redistributing traffic away from the southeastern arterial intersection in Pakuranga by building new roads or upgrading existing roads between it, Otahuhu and Favona.
■ Option 2 is the same as option one but also includes provision to improve connections with the Metro Port at Onehunga.
■ Option 3 connecting the "industrial belt" and a new road constructed along the northern edge of the Mangere Inlet, over the Tamaki Estuary and linked with Highbrook.
■ Option 4 would focus east-west traffic in a "high-capacity corridor" from Mangere to Pakuranga.
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