Prime Minister John Key & Transport Minister Simon Bridges officially opened the $85 million St Lukes-Great North Rd interchange yesterday, one of 7 projects that will form the $2.4 billion Western ring route, one of the Government’s roads of national significance.
The section of State Highway 16 has been widened from 3 to 4 lanes in each direction, with upgrades to on- & off-ramps and the St Lukes Rd overbridge. The north-western cycleway has also been widened & resurfaced.
Mr Bridges said it was part of a bigger regional picture to improve roading infrastructure in & around the city. The St Lukes upgrade creates greater capacity on the city side of the Waterview Connection for traffic on State Highway 16, as well as for the traffic that will use the motorway via the Waterview Tunnel when it opens next year.
“Building this infrastructure now means we’re able to support future growth & development in Auckland’s western areas to improve travel time reliability and create better freight access.”
Mr Bridges said the St Lukes interchange was a crucial building block.
NZTA, 7 October 2016: Waterview Connection project update
Attribution: Ministerial release.