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RiverLink invites public input on Melling transport improvements


The RiverLink project team is seeking public feedback on three options for a new interchange at the SH2/Melling intersection and a new river bridge.

The transport improvements are important to the success of the overall RiverLink project which aims to improve flood protection, improve the flow and efficiency of traffic and contribute to the revitalisation and economic growth of Lower Hutt’s city centre.

“RiverLink is one of the most ambitious transformation projects ever undertaken in Lower Hutt – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to greatly strengthen the protection of the lives, property and businesses from flooding,” Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says.

“I have no doubt it will also stand to breathe new life and confidence into the central city.”

The RiverLink team developed and rigorously explored 43 options for a new interchange at Melling/SH2 and has narrowed the options to three designs for a diamond interchange.

“These options are safer and more efficient for drivers than the current intersection and meet objectives to reduce flood risk, improve access for walking and cycling and maintain local road connections,” NZTA’s Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says.

Many options were discounted because they didn’t solve safety, efficiency and flooding problems or did not have appropriate connections into the city. At-grade improvements, roundabouts, and a diverging diamond interchange were discarded for these reasons. 

“We will use the feedback from our stakeholders and the community, along with technical information, to identify a preferred option,” Ms Speight says.

“Selecting a preferred option will then allow Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Hutt City Council to integrate the interchange design with their plans for improved stopbanks and an enhanced city centre.”

Community engagement will be open from Monday 7 May until Sunday 10 June 2018.

The community is invited to give feedback and can attend one of three open days at the Dowse Art Museum. The project team is also available to discuss the project at the Riverbank Market and the Queensgate Mall at selected dates in May.

Details and the online feedback form can be found at link)