Four options make shortlist
Thank you to the hundreds of people who turned out to our open days in Palmerston North and Woodville over the past couple of days to find out more about the four shortlisted options. A reminder that there is one more open day in Ashhurst today, at the Ashhurst Village Valley Centre, Guildford Street, between 3–8pm.
The shortlisted options are:
Option 1: North of Saddle Road. This option would provide a new road corridor across the Ruahine Range north of Saddle Road and the Te Āpiti wind farm. Cost: $350m – $450m; length: 15.7km; time to complete: 5-6 years.
Option 2: Saddle Road upgrade. This option involves a major upgrade of the existing Saddle Road corridor to bring the route up to state highway standard. Cost: $300m – $400m; length: 13.8km; time to complete: 5-6 years.
Option 3: South of Saddle Road. This option would provide a new road corridor across the Ruahine Range south of Saddle Road. Cost: $350m – $450m; length: 12.4km; time to complete: 5-6 years.
Option 4: South of the Gorge. A new option for a route south of the Manawatū Gorge providing a new road corridor which offers the most direct connection for travel to or from the southwest. Cost: $450m - $550m; length: 19.2km; time to complete: 6-7 years.
Other longlisted options, such as tunnels, a viaduct or various southern route options, are not being progressed for a variety of reasons, including lack of resilience, time to construct, environmental and cultural impacts and cost.
We are now looking for your feedback on the shortlist by 25 October. You can use our Social Pinpoint online tool or our feedback form which, together with a map of the shortlisted options and more information, can be found on our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/manawatu-gorge
Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your feedback will help us to evaluate the shortlisted options as we work towards identifying a preferred corridor by mid-December 2017.