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Newmarket Viaduct improvement project

Transit Regional Office Auckland

25 January 2006

Newmarket Viaduct improvement project moves forward

Transit New Zealand's project to upgrade the Newmarket Viaduct has taken a significant step forward this week with the Auckland City Council giving the public the opportunity to submit on plans to replace the existing structure. Submissions from the public will be heard at a council hearing scheduled for April this year.

This follows the council's acceptance of Transit's Notice of Requirement to alter the motorway's designation for the proposed works, which was lodged last November.

"This is an important milestone for the project and marks another step towards the completion of the motorway improvements around the central area of Auckland," says Transit regional manager, Richard Hancy.

Mr Hancy says the intention, subject to any hearing outcomes and land acquisition issues, is to begin construction work in 2008. Most of the land required for the project is already owned by Transit.

The project involves replacing the existing viaduct with a new structure incorporating an additional southbound lane that will then extend through to Greenlane.

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