Northern Corridor Improvements project gets go ahead
Construction of the last link of Auckland's Western Ring Route has been given the green light.
The Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) project will create an uninterrupted motorway-to-motorway connection between Albany and Manukau
The Northern Motorway will be linked to the Upper Harbour Motorway (SH18), bringing the Albany to Massey road into a continuous motorway loop.
It will also extend the Northern Busway from Constellation station to the Albany park-and-ride station and incorporate 5km of off-road shared-use pedestrian/cycle way. A new bus station will also be added at Rosedale.
The project also includes improvements to local intersections; Paul Matthews Rd will be extended with a bridge over the new SH18 motorway, including on and off-ramps to SH18.
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Both the Constellation Drive and Caribbean Drive intersections will be improved with additional lanes, while the Greville Rd interchange will be improved with a new layout, replacing the roundabout with lights on the eastern side of Greville Rd
NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) predict the busy Upper Harbour Highway/ Constellation Drive intersection will have 12,000 fewer cars a day with the upgraded SH1 and SH18 connections.
The NZTA project is considered a project of national significance and a draft decision granting designation and resource consent has been signed off by an independent board of inquiry this month.
Submitters have until October 29 to review the draft decision and provide feedback before the board of inquiry releases its final decision in November.
NZTA hope to begin construction in 2018 and have work completed by 2022.
The $700 million project was first mooted in 2013 and when NZTA consulted with the public on the project in 2015 they received feedback from 1200 people.