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What is the Mill Road project?

Mill Road will be a 21.5km corridor, running parallel to State Highway 1 which will provide a safer way to move between the communities of Manukau, Takaanini, Papakura and Drury.

The project upgrades the existing two-lane sections of Mill Road to four-lanes and will connect to the new sections of the corridor being built across greenfield sites. We will be investigating options for the four-lane corridor to have two ‘managed lanes’ which could include initiatives such as one lane in each direction being allocated to public transport, freight or multiple occupancy private vehicles.

There will also be a separated walking and cycling path the length of the corridor.

Why is the project needed?

Over the next three decades, 120,000-plus people will make Auckland’s southern suburbs their home and this project will provide the much-needed infrastructure to provide better transport choices.

The new corridor will build greater resilience into Auckland’s state highway network by helping to manage the high demand on SH1. Mill Road will provide a safe, easy-to-use alternative route for local trips, helping to reduce traffic volumes on SH1 and keep inter-regional travel and freight moving to support economic growth.

What are the timeframes for the project?

The northern end of Mill Road from the State Highway 1 Redoubt Road interchange to Alfriston Road was designated in 2016 by Auckland Transport and property purchase is partially completed.

In January 2020 it was announced that the Mill Road project is now being funded as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.  Under the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, construction work on Mill Road is expected to start in late 2022 and be completed in stages from 2027/2028.