Auckland Transport & the NZ Transport Agency have opened the latest proposals for improving travel times & congestion on Neilson St in Onehunga up for public feedback. The feedback period closes on Friday 26 August.
The proposals include changes to parking in the area and increasing lanes on Neilson St from 2 to 4 between Alfred & Angle Sts, with a clearway & no-stopping zone from 6am-7pm Monday-Friday.
Construction is planned to start this year and be completed by December.
The work is part of the East West Connections project and is designed to provide benefits for local road users, including freight, along Neilson St.
The wider package of improvements includes removing the rail bridge at the end of Neilson St and replacing it with a new, lowered road.
The South-western Motorway will also be widened to 4 lanes in each direction between Neilson St & Queenstown Rd to further support traffic growth expected on State Highway 20.
Auckland Transport principal engineer Joe Schady said the improvements also included new walking & cycling facilities alongside Waikaraka Park: “A new footpath & timber boardwalk linking to the existing walkway will make it easier & safer for the community to access the park, particularly for sporting activities & the speedway.”
The NZ Transport Agency’s Auckland highway manager, Brett Gliddon, said creating extra lanes on this part of Neilson St would help to deliver some early benefits to the Onehunga area, particularly for local business owners, truck operators & customers moving in & out daily.
The 2 transport agencies said feedback from the public in mid-2015 showed overall improvements on Neilson St were supported to help relieve the congestion experienced on the road and on the approaches to State Highways 1 & 20.
The agencies have listed 2 public information days, both at the Onehunga Library, 85 Church St:
Saturday 13 August at 11am-2pm
Tuesday 16 August at 2-5.30pm
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Attribution: Auckland Transport & NZTA release & project pages.