The Matakana link road is due to open around May next year.
Auckland Transport (AT) has released drone footage of the new Matakana link road, currently under construction, which it says shows positive progress on the project.
The link between State Highway One and Matakana Road is a 1.35km route that will provide an alternative around the frequently congested Hill Street intersection for traffic heading to Leigh, Omaha and Matakana.
Progress made during the current earthworks phase includes completion of two kilometres of haul roads required to bring construction materials to the site, and completion of erosion and sediment controls.
In addition, more than 17,000 cubic metres of topsoil has been stripped – about 90 per cent of the required total, and 90 per cent of the clearing and tree felling has been done.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the work is difficult to see from State Highway One but good progress is being made. He adds that the project will employ up to 120 staff over the construction period.
The construction contract was awarded to Wharehine Construction, which has been in business in Wellsford since 1955 and has committed to sourcing products locally.
Rodney Local Board chair Phelan Pirrie says the project means locals will be able to move much more easily to and from the beaches and the towns north-east of Warkworth.
“With the population in the area expected to jump by 20,000 over the next 30 years, the Matakana link project comes at an important time for the future development of the area,” he says.
AT hopes to have the link road built in time for the opening of the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway, scheduled for May next year.
The $62.2 million road is funded by AT ($30.5 million) and the NZ Transport Agency ($31.7 million).
It provides for four lanes of traffic, plus a cycle path, footpath and stream crossing.
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