The first stage of the $1.25-1.85 billion East-West Link road project, the $15 million Onehunga works, has begun and was marked by Prime Minister John Key & Transport Minister Simon Bridges yesterday. It’s expected to be comleted by February.
In this stage, the South-western Motorway will be widened to 4 lanes each way between Neilson St & Queenstown Rd to provide extra capacity for the growing number of vehicles expected to use State Highway 20, and dedicated bus lanes will be added to State Highway 20 at Walmsley Rd to improve airport travel times.
Planning & consenting for the whole East-West project is also underway. Consent applications will be lodged with the Environmental Protection Authority before the end of the year. In January, the Government announced its intention to streamline the consent process to bring forward construction.
The East-West Link will link the South-Western Motorway (State Highway 20) & Southern Motorway (State Highway 1), and is also intended to tackle congestion in & out of the Onehunga-Penrose industrial area, and between the eastern suburbs & the airport.
Attribution: NZ Transport Agency release.