PORT OF ONEHUNGA
NZ Herald 1 Aug 2016 Amelia Wade
A $1.85 billion motorway interchange in Onehunga is set to isolate a port slated to undergo a redevelopment similar to Wynyard Quarter, residents say.
Set to be completed within a decade, the roading project will provide a connection from the north side of Mangere Inlet between State Highway 20 at Onehunga and SH1 at Mt Wellington.
The area is experiencing intense growth, with Onehunga and Penrose dubbed "the industrial and manufacturing engine room of the economy".
However, the NZTA says the project will improve access to the port and wharf areas, and lessen travel times for freight, motorists and public transport users.
Onehunga Business Association manager Amanda Kinzett said the Transport Agency consulted on a 4.5m high wall in front of the historic Landing Hotel and other businesses, as part of the plans.
She said the wall would cut them off from access to the recently redeveloped $30 million foreshore and Onehunga itself.
"The port will be unusable. This is unacceptable to the community."
The NZTA said recent designs for the area include a lowered East West Link to allow better visibility for properties near the wharf.
Auckland highways manager Brett Gliddon said the East West project would not stop plans to redevelop the port. There are no plans to bulldoze or undo any of the work it recently completed as part of the regenerated and developed Onehunga Foreshore. READ MORE