Comment from Save Kapiti
NZTA regional director Jenny Chetwynd and Alliance project manager Jim Bentley should resign if plans showing a 9.0-9.5 metre (3 storey) high interchange at Te Moana Road, Waikanae are in any way correct, says Save Kapiti spokesperson Jonathan Gradwell.
That would make it the tallest built structure in the Waikanae township and a major blight on the landscape. It will be bigger and more visible than the McKays crossing intersection, heavily lit up at night and will transmit traffic noise from a great height over most of the region.
An NZTA notice board at the site of the proposed interchange states “The Expressway will cross over Te Moana Road at a height of approximately 6-7m above the road surface”.
However NZTA’s latest working plans show an increase in height of 2.5-3.5m over and above this figure. To this must be added the 4.25m height of passing trucks with approximately 7m of lighting.
“NZTA are deliberately misleading the public and must come clean as to what is really being planned behind closed doors…both here and at the corresponding Kapiti Road intersection in Paraparaumu. The whole exercise shows the folly of building a road over unstable wetlands and streams barely 3.0 meters above sea level” Mr Gradwell says
He believes NZTA’s attempts at “softselling” the Kapiti project have been deliberate and are aimed at minimising the public’s perception of just how incredibly massive this project really is.
“It’s a monster, a northern hemisphere autobahn, completely out of scale with both what the community needs and people’s perceptions of what New Zealand is about.”