The importance of roads
A country with a good network of roads supports people and business by improving the way people can travel between places and move goods and services.
Road projects in New Zealand also need to take into account how they affect people living in the area and the environment.
The Waterview Connection Project will not just finish the Western Ring Route, it will also;
- improve and add footpaths and bike paths in the area
- add new playgrounds and sports fields
- add skateparks and courts for basketball and volleyball in both Waterview and Ōwairaka
- provide landscaping and planting to leave better places for nature as well as people
- protect the Oakley Creek, historic sites and local plants and animals.
Half of the Waterview Connection will be underground, saving the roads, parks, rivers, houses and businesses that are along and above the tunnel.
Who has helped with the project
Building the Waterview Connection has only been possible with support and advice from local people and groups, as well as experts. These experts include;
- construction crews
The designers work out the best way to design the motorway and area around it so it looks natural.
They have also worked closely with local groups in planning parks and facilities where there used to be building yards.
Who has been consulted?
Before agreeing on designs the Well-Connected Alliance talked to local groups to see what they wanted. These groups included:
- Waterview School staff and students
- Heritage groups
- Auckland Council
- Friends of Oakley Creek
The aim has been to make the spaces outside the motorway suitable for lots of different uses.