Auckland Transport & the NZ Transport Agency have signed an agreement to speed up improvements to transport links in & between Warkworth and the communities to the east of it, and to ease some frustrations around Warkworth’s Hill St intersection.
The Transport Agency will provide early funding for construction of the Matakana link road project if Auckland Transport funds aren’t available. The 2 agencies said yesterday the agreement means the project can be delivered ahead of schedule.
The Matakana link road will provide a connection between Matakana Rd & State Highway 1 just south of the intersection with the Ara Tuhono Puhoi-Warkworth highway, expected to be open in 2022. It will give locals an alternative route between western & eastern areas of Warkworth and will bypass the State Highway 1 intersection at Hill St.
Planning & consenting for the link road project are underway and construction is expected to begin in the second half of 2019. The new road is scheduled for completion just ahead of the Transport Agency’s new state highway opening in 2022.
It will also align with Auckland Transport’s new Warkworth western collector project, a 3-stage plan to improve road connections west of the state highway. Stage 1 of that route, connecting Mansel Drive to Falls Rd, is under construction and will be completed next February. The exact route of the remaining 2 stages haven’t been determined, but will connect to the state highway in the vicinity of McKinney Rd in the south and the Matakana link road intersection in the north.
Warkworth is expected to grow by an additional 7900 new dwellings over the next 30 years.
Attribution: Auckland Transport release.