Hill Street design nears completion

Auckland Transport (AT) is seeking a budget of $20 million over three years to upgrade the Hill Street intersection in Warkworth.

AT spokesperson Blake Crayton-Brown says construction will take about 18 months, but a starting date won’t be known until a business case for construction is finished.

“The Hill Street improvement project was prioritised for $18.8 million funding in the Regional Land Transport Programme (2021-2031) and, in 2021, AT secured $2 million for the detailed design phase,” he says.

“Once the design is confirmed, a business case will be prepared as a basis for applying for a funding subsidy from Waka Kotahi.

“It is important to note that this project is within our contractually committed and baseline capital programme.”

AT has been meeting with Warkworth transport advocates this year to find a compromise after it presented a surprise redesign labelled ‘a value engineering’ design, late last year. It changed the formally accepted plan by reducing the lanes around the intersection from two to one, removing slip lanes, exiting Kowhai Park onto the roundabout rather than State Highway 1 and dispensing with cycleway/pedestrian paths.

The Warkworth advocates have put forward an alternative design that retains most of the features of the original plan, but still keeps within the budget.

A decision from AT is expected soon.