A long-awaited roadwork project in Albany has been given the go-ahead.
Property negotiations have been sorted out allowing the work to start shortly on Medallion Link Road, completion is due by the middle of 2021. The road will relieve congestion and improve safety in the area, which has recently seen hundreds of new houses built.
As part of a package of other projects, AT is also considering a footpath extension at Gills Road and traffic signals at the intersection of Dairy Flat Highway and The Avenue.
Portfolio Delivery Director (Projects), David Nelson says these three projects were first identified by the then North Shore City Council.
The Medallion Drive Link will be two lanes, approximately 170 metres long and will include a new bridge, footpaths and bike riding facilities linking Fairview Avenue with Oteha Valley Road. Signals will be put in at Oteha Valley Road and a roundabout at Fairview Avenue.
"The link road will improve travel times, walking and cycling and provide a safer crossing on the very busy Oteha Valley Road for local school children in particular", says Mr Nelson.
Medallion Link Road is budgeted to cost $33.9 million and will mean AT and Auckland Council can deliver essential infrastructure to support the growth of approximately 4,600 households in the Fairview Heights and Albany Heights area.
A team will be established to bring two other local projects together Dairy Flat Highway and Gills Road Link. A strategic review will be undertaken to look at their role in the wider transport network.
Mr Nelson says in the meantime AT is looking at bringing the Gills Road footpath extension forward, along with the signalisation of the signals at Dairy Flat Highway and The Avenue, subject to funding. "These will improve safety for pedestrians, bike riders and drivers in this area."