New Zealand’s ‘Roads of national significance programme’ to end 2024?
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has told Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee that the completion of the government's roads of national significance programme might be pushed to 2024, as certain key motorway projects could take up to three years longer than anticipated.
Under the NZ$9 billion (US$6.92 billion) plus programme, NZ$2.40 billion will be used for the Waikato Expressway; followed by another $2 billion for Auckland Western Ring Route including Waterview Connection; $1.76 billion for the highway between Puhoi and Wellsford; and $1 billion for Wellington motorways including Transmission Gully.
The government will also spend $730 million for Christchurch motorways and $ 500million for Tauranga Eastern Corridor. About $400 million was spent on the completed Victoria Park link.
In February 2012, NZTA told the minister that the body is committed to significantly completing the seven roads by 2020/2021, subject to the availability of funding.