Work begins on major Pūhoi to Warkworth site access point

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6 June 2017

Work begins on major site access point for the Pūhoi to Warkworth project

Work is about to begin on constructing one of the main access points for construction traffic working on the Pūhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.

The site access point known as SAP4, will allow construction vehicles to enter and exit the project site from State Highway 1 (SH1) just south of Perry Road -approximately 7km south of Warkworth.

To create the new site access point there will be road widening works, installation of temporary and new guardrail barriers, and the removal of trees. Works will start from 7 June and will take approximately three months to complete.

Some of this work will take place at night (between the hours of 8pm and 5am) because construction crews will be working in one lane of SH1. Four separate periods of night works will be required, one to five days each period. When night works are taking place, there will be ‘Stop-Go’ operation.

There will also be a temporary 70 km/h speed restriction through the construction area until the works are complete.

NX2 Chief Executive, Ray Wilson says this access point is a key part of ensuring NX2 construction crews can to get into the site safely and enable them to meet the construction timetable. “We are working to ensure appropriate traffic control measures are in place on SH1 to protect the public and the construction team. We ask motorists to take note of the traffic controls in place, drive to the conditions, and take extra care.”

Throughout June the project team will also be working very close to SH1, near Hungry Creek, felling pine trees. There will be some night works and it also will include ‘Stop-Go’ operations.

To find the latest traffic information please go to https://onthemove.govt.nz/

Work began in December to construct the Pūhoi to Warkworth project, the first stage of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance. It is a key transport link connecting Northland to the rest of the Upper North Island, helping move people and freight between major centres more safely and efficiently. The project extends the Northern Motorway to four lanes for 18.5km north from the Johnstone’s Hill Tunnels at Pūhoi to a tie-in with the existing State Highway 1 north of Warkworth. It will be open for traffic by late 2021.

Northern Rodney breakaway

The following is an update provided by Glen Ashton, his contact details are at the bottom of this post:


Hi all

Because you live in Rodney I thought you might be interested in a significant Local body event. Northern Action Group (NAG) has had a longtime fight with the Local Government Commission over breaking away from the Super City and forming a Northern Rodney Local Body. This year NAG won a high court appeal to force the Local Government Commission to consider the matter.

Last night there was a resident consultation meeting at Warkworth run by LGC. This is one of several meetings scheduled through northern Rodney. About 70 people attended. There were about 4 people who wanted to remain in the Super City, about 4 undecided and the overwhelming majority wanting to split away.

The public feedback was very disgruntled towards the Super City, loss of local control, lack of rates money spent in Rodney, local transport issues, unsealed roads and Hill St intersection, no contracts for local business, no consultation, no consideration for Rodney. There was one good point where a Matakana business got tourists directed from Auckland tourism office.

The public brought up the fact that we were undemocratically forced into the Super City at the eleventh hour.

LGC said they will gather all the feedback from the meetings (throughout Rodney) and submissions (thru web site), gather the financials from NAG and Auckland City and decide if there is a viable option other than the status quo (remain in the Super City).

Should there be more viable options then they will be presented back to the public showing the financials, effect on rates, pros and cons of each option.

Apparently the LGC have the power to bring changes to Local Government Act and could give more power and financial control to the local Rodney Board but remaining in the Super City.

It could also include merging northern Rodney with Kiapara or realigning the southern Rodney boundary.

I think from there on in it would be more public consultation and some sort of democratic process to select an option.

So interesting times.

I have attached a written submission that I sent to LGC. – Link to Document provided by Glen (Ahuroa_Super_City.docx)

It is easy to have your say on the Local Government Commission web site and complete the online survey.

Now is a good time to stand up and be heard, it is a great conduit to get our message across to the Super City.

Whatever happens, it is going to be good for Rodney.

I am not affiliated with NAG but I do have issues the Super City and how Rodney rural rate payers are treated.

Also the local elections are imminent and Greg Sayers has been a longtime advocate for getting the roads sealed. But that is a personal choice.

Glen Ashton – glen.ashton@xtra.co.nz
0274 906 889

Both potholes and dust nuisance…

I reported pot holes over 4 weeks ago and nothing has been done about it yet. – Cars are driving on the wrong side of the road around blind corners to avoid them, this poses a real and present danger. Please re-grade the lower portion of Martin Access Rd as a priority.

It has been dry for only 2 days and the dust nuisance has started already. Is there anything that can be done (like returning to the different, coarser mix used in the grading which you changed from about 6 years ago – things have been progressively getting worse, and much much, more dusty since). Either that, or is there a bonding agent or dust preventer which you can add to the mix when you next grade it please?

All residents of Martin Access Rd collect our drinking water from the house roofs, we are concerned about the potential growing health problems that this creates as the amount of dust from the road continues to increase year on year.

This message has been copied to the Ahuroa Grapevine (ahuroa.nz) so that the local residents are aware of this being lodged with the council.

Chris.


This was posted to AT using their report a problem page on their website: https://at.govt.nz/about-us/contact-us/report-a-problem/

State Of Komokoriki Rd And Potholes In General.

Hi everyone,

This goes out particularly to the residents of Komokoriki Hill Road & Poyner Road, but is relevant to everyone in our community.

Just to let you know that I have finally got so sick of the state of our road that i just made a complaint to Auckland Council and wondered if anyone else would like to add their voice? It is particularly bad where the single lane bridge crosses the creek at the Fire Station end of the road, so that even in a four wheel drive vehicle you risk your suspension every time you cross it. Which for all of us dropping off & picking up kids from school buses is several times per day.

The road was only regraded and potholes nominally ‘filled’ a few weeks ago, and it is already in a really bad state for early winter, and with a car rally expected along here in two weeks time.

I know we don’t stand a chance of getting any major action on our rural roads, but my suggestion is that they could at least concrete the area where the metal seal abuts the concrete edge of the bridge, which would be a more permanent and safer option than just refilling it with large stones every time the road is graded, which all disappear again within a few days, and we are back to the same or worse state as the holes continue to erode.

What does anyone else think?

You can make a case on-line by going to Auckland Council homepage, on www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, clicking on “Do it now” on the right side of the page, then on the scroll down menues click on “Report it”, and then on “streetlights, footpaths or potholes”.

Cheers,
Bev.
b.j.trowbridge@xtra.co.nz