Auckland Transport (AT) is expected to confirm the indicative route for the Matakana link road next month.
AT’s major capital group manager David Nelson says once the announcement is made, further development of the preferred option and specialist assessments will be undertaken to progress the project to the next stage.
AT is planning to build a four-lane road connecting Matakana Road to SH1, bypassing the Hill Street intersection. The road will also service new commercial, light industrial and residential development, as forecasted in the Unitary Plan, and will include separate cycling and walking facilities.
AT expects to lodge the integrated Notice of Requirement and resource consent application next February, with construction expected to start later next year.
“With a targeted completion date of 2022, the new link road will join SH1, just south of the intersection with the Ara Tūhono Pūhoi to Warkworth highway,” Mr Nelson says.
“It will give locals an alternative route between western and eastern areas of Warkworth, and will improve traffic flow and safety.”
In April, AT sought public feedback on four short-listed options for the proposed Matakana link road.
A total of 221 submissions were received, with most favouring Options D (35%) or A (28%), which both avoid Significant Ecological Areas and Queen Elizabeth II covenanted land.
“The local knowledge and technical input in the public’s feedback has been used to inform the indicative alignment,” Mr Nelson said.
The feedback report can be read at: at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/matakana-link-road/#feedback