Community engagement on the emerging preferred corridor
About 250 people came along to our two community information events at Mata Hall and the Town Basin Hub Information Centre last month.
We had also planned to have information available at the Northland Field Days, but this event was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
These sessions provided an opportunity to meet residents, road users and business owners and to gather feedback on the emerging preferred corridor.
In addition to the verbal feedback gathered during the events, 30 people completed the feedback form available at our events and 20 comments have so far been left on our Social Pinpoint page.
We will continue to receive your feedback over the coming months and have identified some emerging themes so far:
Landowners want certainty on property impacts and want to know the timeline (if their property is affected)
We acknowledge that potential property impacts and uncertainty can create high levels of stress for landowners and communities. We are working to confirm the preferred corridor as quickly as possible and expect to communicate with landowners by late-2021 with more certainty on individual property impacts.
Locals want to know what’s happening with the Loop Road project, and how it will interact with the four-laning
The roundabout at Loop Road is designed to connect with the upgraded four-lane highway. What the design team is currently looking at is the crossing location over Otaika Stream to ensure that the bridge structure planned for Loop Road works together with what will be needed for four-laning.
Specific questions regarding intersection design and state highway access
We’re aware locals have many questions about vehicle access to SH1 with an upgraded four-lane highway.
The addition of a centre median barrier will deliver significant safety improvements, but it will mean access to properties, businesses and local roads along the corridor will change.
Our designers are working on how local roads and driveways will interact with the upgraded state highway. There are a few areas where there are multiple options and we will be hosting targeted consultation with residents in those areas in the coming months.