Auckland Transport (AT) has settled on an approved design to fix the Hill Street intersection once and for all.
Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers says AT has begun work on securing resource consents and started negotiating with landowners to secure the necessary land for an expanded intersection.
The approved design features two roundabouts – a smaller one at the intersection of Matakana and Sandspit Roads, and a larger, oval-shaped one on State Highway 1.
The two-roundabout final design differs significantly from the options shortlisted by the NZ Transport Agency, which featured only a single roundabout.
Instead, it more closely resembles an option favoured by Roger Williams of local pressure group Fix Hill Street Now.
The approved design is expected to adequately cater for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
Traffic lights could be added at a later stage if necessary, as traffic volumes grow.
Cr Sayers says construction is anticipated to begin in late 2021 but is conditional on the opening of the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway and the Matakana link road.
These additional roads will provide an alternative route for traffic while the Hill Street intersection is being reconstructed.
Cr Sayers says the news that Hill St is to be finally fixed is something local communities have been waiting for for many years.
He believes the approval came in the wake of negotiations between himself, Mayor Phil Goff and AT leadership in November.
“The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor really got behind me and pushed for Hill Street to be prioritised,” he says.
The current Hill Street intersection is believed to be one of the country’s worst. Traffic delays of more than an hour are common during holiday periods.