Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) gave notice today of its application for a new 26km stretch of highway bypassing Warkworth & Wellsford in the north of the Auckland region.
The 4-lane, dual-carriageway extension from the Ara Tu hono Puhoi-Warkworth highway project would have interchanges west of Warkworth, east of Wellsford & north of Te Hana.
It’s the section of highway north of Auckland that was canned by this government as it sought to move away from the previous National-led government’s heavy focus on roading infrastructure.
The consent application doesn’t carry a price tag.
The application in broad terms:
State Highway 1, new northern motorway section bypassing Warkworth & Wellsford, land between Wyllie Rd & passing west of existing highway near The Dome, crossing south of the Hoteo River & east of Wellsford & Te Hana, tying into the existing State Highway north of Te Hana, Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) has applied to Auckland Council for a notice of requirement to amend the Auckland unitary plan and associated regional resource consents to enable the construction, operation & maintenance of a new 4-lane state highway with dual carriageway, 3 interchanges, twin bore tunnels under Kraack Rd, a viaduct over the existing State Highway 1 & Hoteo River, a bridge over Maeneene Stream & related works; submissions close Monday 29 June
The southern interchange at Warkworth would tie in with the Ara Tu hono Puhoi-Warkworth project, which is under construction, near Wyllie Rd.
Wyllie Rd runs south from Woodcocks Rd, which is the link from the southern end of Warkworth to the west coast. That interchange would also provide connections to the northern outskirts of Warkworth, where a large volume of housing is under construction.
The Wellsford interchange, at Wayby Valley Rd, would provide access to Wellsford & eastern communities including Tomarata & Mangawhai.
The Te Hana interchange at Mangawhai Road would provide access to Te Hana, Wellsford and communities including Port Albert, Tomarata & Mangawhai.
The twin bore tunnels under Kraack Rd, in the Dome Valley area, would be 850m long and 160m below ground level at the deepest point.
Waka Kotahi says in its consent application: “The timing for construction of the project is not certain. To enable an assessment of the potential effects of the project on the environment, the assumed construction start date is 2030. However, the actual timing for construction could be sooner or later than this date.”
Attribution: Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency).