Central Leader : April 27th 2011
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Travel with Ross as he scuba dives into the Gulf of Aqaba, hikes into the mountains of Turkey and burrows under the walls of Jerusalem. Come with Daniel as he travels, tracking world empires down through time to current events. Concern at cost of SH20 interchange Construction concerns: New Windsor resident Malcolm Gee has serious concerns about disruption caused by the Maioro St interchange. He says an unreasonable amount of money has been spent on the intersection and thinks roading engineers should have considered the project more carefully when they extended the motorway to Mt Roskill. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL A major realignment of the Maioro St interchange has raised questions over cost- effectiveness and disruption, but schools in the area say they have no qualms. The intersection connects Maioro St with the State Highway 20 Mt Roskill motorway extension and the Sandringham Rd extension. But it is being adjusted to allow for the $2 billion Waterview connection, which has now been through a board of inquiry process. Work is under way to adjust the intersection and the New Zealand Transport Agency is planning to install a diamond interchange. But New Windsor resident Malcolm Gee says the re- alignment comes at a high price. Ground improvements and stormwater relocations will cost $6m and interchange works including construction of a bridge and a north-facing ramp will cost $34m. Mr Gee says the off-ramp wasn t positioned correctly in the first place and this has resulted in the realignment of a road less than five years old. It s not as if this highway is a recent idea, I have heard of this and the rail line for the last 50 years. Was that not thought of in the first place? Most people in the area are getting annoyed about the hassle. He also says footpaths have been removed without consul- tation. State highways manager for Auckland and Northland Tommy Parker says the agency has embarked on the second stage of work on the intersection. The diamond interchange will form the gateway between the Mt Roskill motorway extension and the Waterview connection project that extends it to Great North Rd at Waterview. The first stage of work included ground preparation and utility relocations. As part of the previous Mt Roskill extension project, a roundabout was required to be constructed as a safe and temporary measure to ter- minate the SH20 extension, Mr Parker says. At this time, the design and route options for the Waterview connection project were still being considered and the roundabout was con- structed as an interim ter- mination. He says the diamond inter- change will use as much of the existing intersection as possible. Christ the King School borders the construction zone and principal Jane Hahn says workers have been good to deal with. It s all been expected -- it s been in the pipeline for a long time. There s been some big changes but the school has been treated well. Ms Hahn praised the transport agency and Flet- cher Construction for maintaining good communi- cation and says the project has inspired the children to focus on transport and learn about the nearby cranes. Those of us who are not party to the actual decisions might look at it and think, Why are they doing that? , but there have been good reasons. Wesley Intermediate prin- cipal Nigel Davis says his school has always known that work would need to happen in the area. When the motorway stopped we knew there were things that were going to happen. We made sure there was a bridge over the motorway so our kids don t have to walk that way at all.
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