Almost 100 west Auckland properties make way for Lincoln Rd upgrade

Lincoln Rd is west Auckland's busiest arterial road, used by more than 42,000 vehicles a day.
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Lincoln Rd is west Auckland's busiest arterial road, used by more than 42,000 vehicles a day.

The Lincoln Rd upgrade may be six years away but the groundwork for the $80 million project is well underway.

Auckland Transport (AT) confirmed 94 property owners would be affected by the project aimed at improving west Auckland's busiest arterial road.

A total of 11 homes will be bought outright while a further 83 property frontages will be affected.

Auckland Transport's Dai Bindoff, right, with Zaid Essau.
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Auckland Transport's Dai Bindoff, right, with Zaid Essau.

AT has already started buying properties for the 2023 upgrade, with six full properties already purchased.

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AT spokesperson Dai Bindoff said the upgrade needed more than 10,000sqm of permanent land and more than 8,000sqm of temporary land for road widening. 

A design of the new Lincoln Rd upgrade.
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A design of the new Lincoln Rd upgrade.

The new road layout would have four lanes on each side, two specially designed for buses and cyclists. There would also be solid planted medians.  

Only small strips across the frontage of 83 properties were needed and 11 properties were to be bought outright.

"Given the commercial nature of Lincoln Rd, some properties have several interests that are affected and as a result there are significantly more property interests AT must acquire to be able to complete the project," Bindoff said.

Property purchasing was being conducted in four stages – the first at the northern end of Lincoln Rd began in 2016.

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Acquisitions between Triangle Rd and Daytona Rd began in July, and Daytona Rd to Universal Dr and Universal Dr to Te Pai Pl would follow.

"The key thing at this time for the street to know is that while we've done an overall design, the devil is always in the detail and we have yet to develop the precise detail of how the works will be done.

"This will happen over the next three years and part of that work will be coordinating with the local residents and businesses."

According to its website, AT would be responsible for rebuilding front walls, fences, landscaping and moving of hedges to the new front boundaries of properties.

AT would also be responsible for restoring other affected parts of properties to what they were before work began.

"Bear in mind also that we can't actually start physical reconstruction until 2021," Bindoff said.

"But it will take us at least that long to do all the final detailed planning we need to do."

 - Stuff

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