Motorway end of the road for houses

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013

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Up to 12 houses and buildings will need to be removed to make way for the next stage of the Christchurch Southern Motorway.

The NZ Transport Authority (NZTA) wants to construct a new four-lane state highway and upgrade a section of the existing Main South Rd (State Highway 1) to four lanes.

It is the second part of the Christchurch Southern Motorway project, after the first was completed in December 2012.

The proposal is part of the southern corridor of the Christchurch motorways' roads of national significance.

NZTA state highway manager Colin Knaggs said the project would affect about 75 properties, depending on the final design of the chosen route and the layout of interchanges and road overpasses.

Many of the 75 properties would not be purchased in full, he said.

"Some total purchases will be needed, however, it is likely less than 12 buildings and houses will need to be removed."

The affected properties - residential, business and rural - are all located along the proposed route, between Springs Rd and Main South Rd and along Main South Rd between Waterholes Rd and Rolleston. About two-thirds of these were residential and the rest were rural land or commercial properties.

The project was expected to cost between $220 million and $250m, Knaggs said.

Funding for the project is from the National Land Transport Fund which is funded from fuel tax and road-user charges.

The NZTA first advised the property owners of the proposed route more than two years ago and have since undertaken an extensive consultation programme.

Last week, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced the decision to refer the NZTA proposals to a board of inquiry because of the wide public interest, the significant use of physical and natural resources, and because it affected more than one region or district.

The board will make a decision on the proposals within nine months.

The Environmental Protection Agency hosted a public meeting on the proposals last night. Another meeting will be held on Monday at 6.30pm at Prebbleton Hall.

Are you one of the affected property owners? Contact rachel.young@press.co.nz

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