Simon Underwood, senior project manager, NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that the underpass from SH84 to Three Parks is going ahead, and is in the final tendering stage.
Underwood said, “The Transport Agency has been working with Willowridge Developments Ltd to design and consent the new roundabout intersection for Three Parks and SH 84. This project is due to start later in the year and is currently at the final tendering stage. The Transport Agency hopes to award the contract soon. This intersection/roundabout and its construction is fully funded by Willowridge.
“The Transport Agency has also been working with QLDC and Willowridge to investigate design options for a pedestrian and cycleway underpass adjacent to this new intersection and final design for this part of the project is now underway. The underpass is the safest way to get children in particular, as well as cyclists, across this highway,” he said.
This is good news for parents who had raised concerns over how their children were to get to Take Karara school from Albert Town — crossing a busy state highway.
The underpass will connect with the existing walking/cycle trails and the new Mt Iron car park (across from Sir Tim Wallis Drive), using existing road reserve and some Willowridge land.
Underwood continued, “This part of the project will be jointly funded by the Transport Agency and QLDC. Willowridge will provide the linkages into Three Parks with all three parties working with the Ministry of Education which is constructing the new primary school. Albert Town is within the new school zoning area and nearby residents will be major users of the underpass.
“It is hoped that this part of the project can be completed in conjunction with the construction of the new intersection/ roundabout, subject to final design, consents and approvals.”