Auckland Transport (AT) announced last month that it had listened to local people and will ask construction companies for prices for building a four-lane Matakana link road.
AT general manager of integrated networks, Mark Lambert says it’s possible four lanes could be constructed within the approved budget.
He added that AT was “looking to have” the link road built in time for the opening of NZ Transport Agency’s Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway project in October 2021.
“Of course, that depends on acquiring the land and resolving any outstanding Resource Management Act appeals,” he says.
But One Warkworth chair Chris Murphy says AT’s language suggests they are intending to use the appeals as an excuse for not achieving the promised time frame.
One Warkworth believes that if the link road is not completed by the time the motorway opens, it will lead to traffic gridlock.
One Warkworth is especially anxious that earthworks get underway this year. If they fail to start this year, then contractors will be obliged to wait for the next earthwork’s season.
AT spokesperson Mark Hannan would not be drawn on whether earthworks could start this year, but reiterated the project could not be completed until appeals were resolved and the necessary land acquired.