Basin Reserve Inquiry
Wellington motorists will have to get used to more roading changes than just a flyover to the north of the Basin Reserve if the project goes ahead.
The NZ Transport Agency is also proposing to alter the Basin roundabout as well as many of the roads that feed traffic into it as part of the $90 million project.
Wellington City Council chief transport planner Steve Spence laid out the new plans at the flyover's board of inquiry hearing this morning.
Mount Victoria residents appear to be the big winners from the new roading layout, which has been designed to improve vehicle access in and out of the suburb, he said.
The intersection Vivian St and Cambridge Tce will be widened to three lanes, allowing more traffic heading east on State Highway 1 to move through the intersection.
Motorists wanting to turn left from Pirie St on to Kent Tce will also get an extra turning lane as well as more green light time than few seconds they currently get.
Mr Spence said the new layout was a lot better than the current "substandard arrangement" which saw a lot of motorists in Mount Victoria use Hania and Ellice Sts to get on to the Basin roundabout.
The Hania/Ellice St route, which links the suburb to Wellington East Girls' College, would be restricted by the flyover, he said. But the roading changes elsewhere would compensate for that.
In total, 12 car parks will be lost by roading changes generated by the flyover. Another 21 parks on Vivian St will be affected by a proposed peak period clearway in the morning and evening.
The number of cars flowing from the Mt Victoria Tunnel on to the Basin roundabout was expected to drop from 20,000 vehicles per day to about 3500 per day as a result of the flyover, Mr Spence said.
"In my view there has been a good cause for a number of years for a significant upgrade to the existing intersection in its own right to deal with an outdated and inefficient layout."
- The Dominion Post