Recent drone flights over the Penlink route show the environment that is likely to be impacted when the road and bridge are built.
On September 4, Boffa Miskell, under contract to Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), carried out a drone survey of the route, taking around 3000 shots of the road corridor, flying around 85m above sea level.
The drone surveying is part of environmental monitoring for the project and will also aid the design process.
Monitoring includes freshwater, coastal marine and ecological surveys so that NZTA can obtain an environmental baseline before construction begins.
An NZTA spokesperson says the baseline will allow the team to identify and mitigate any changes that may occur when construction begins and help ensure that the highest standards of environmental care are achieved.
The drone footage will be shared at nzta.govt.nz/penlink