Residents warned of dust and noise as work on Transmission Gully link begins

The Whitby and Waitangirua Link Roads that will connect Porirua with the big Transmission Gully project.
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The Whitby and Waitangirua Link Roads that will connect Porirua with the big Transmission Gully project.

Residents are being warned of the risk of dust and noise as groundwork for the single biggest roading project Porirua City Council has been involved in gets underway.

The roading construction companies behind the Transmission Gully project, CPB and HEB, have written to Waitangirua residents warning them work this winter will involve getting in and clearing bush behind Porirua East.

The clearing will allow access to the central section of a new Waitangirua Link Road, which will eventually connect Warspite Ave in Waitangirua to an interchange with the Whitby Link Road and then on to the Transmission Gully Project.

The Mana Coach bus depot in Waitangirua near where an access road will be made for heavy vehicles to get into the bush ...
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The Mana Coach bus depot in Waitangirua near where an access road will be made for heavy vehicles to get into the bush behind Porirua East.

Writing on behalf of the companies, community and stakeholder manager Belinda Mackenzie-Dodds warned Warspite Ave residents they could be particularly affected by part of the project.

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"If you feel as though you are being unduly affected by dust, please contact us immediately and we will work with you to mitigate effects.

"As with any construction work, our activities will make some noise and some machinery may cause vibration in the immediate vicinity of the site."

The work would be monitored to ensure it kept to national standards for noise and vibration levels.

It will be done in preparation for the main earthworks phase next spring.

The two kilometre Waitangirua Link Road will eventually intersect with Warspite Ave and Niagara St, near Waitangirua Mall, and be controlled by traffic signals.

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Designed for a 50kmh speed-limit, Waitangirua and Whitby Link roads will have a 1.5 metre wide sealed shoulder on both sides for cyclists and a 3.3m verge to allow for a footpath to be built in the future.

About 4900 vehicles will travel the Waitangirua road each day.

Transmission Gully motorway project community advisor Joe Fenton said heavy vehicles would soon start accessing the bush behind Porirua East via an access road near the Mana Coach bus depot.

"We'll be working on clearing the bushes behind Mana Coaches then earth-work starts on the hillside."

While the New Zealand Transport Agency was responsible for the main motorway, Porirua City Council is responsible for the connections to Waitangirua and Whitby that will carry an estimated cost of $33 million.

 - Stuff

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