The Southern Path connecting communities along the Southern Motorway and built by CPB Contractors opened May 24, 2021.
This specific project was designed to provide a shared pedestrian and two wheeled mobility between Takanini and Papakura in southern Auckland. The Southern Path is also the last piece of the puzzle in the wider Southern Corridor Improvements (SCI) project. It is a 4.5 kilometre route running beside the SH1 corridor between Takanini and Papakura interchanges via two separate bridges crossing the harbour at Pahurehure Inlet. These two bridges restore public access to a peninsula at Takaanini Point for the first time since the adjacent motorway was constructed in the mid-1960s.
The project follows the addition of extra motorway lanes to improve traffic flow opened in December 2019, as well as improved safety barriers and lighting, new noise walls and safety and capacity upgrades to the Takanini interchange.
The Southern Path will be extended a further four kilometres between the Papakura and Drury interchanges as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme’s Papakura to Drury South project, which began construction in April this year.
Waikato project greenlighted
Independent commissioners have given the green light for the company behind the Sleepyhead brand to develop a $1 billion manufacturing and housing community on its 178-hectare rural site in Ohinewai, north Waikato.
The proposed development by the Comfort Group, and its property arm Ambury Properties, will include industrial, commercial, and residential zones. It intends on developing a master planned mixed-use community over the next 10 years with 1100 homes for up to 3000 residents, and a new factory creating up to 2600 new jobs.
The decision on the company’s rezoning submission on the Proposed Waikato District Plan has been under deliberation since hearings in September last year, when submitters presented their case to independent commissioners, Dr Phil Mitchell, Paul Cooney, Dynes Fulton and Weo Maag. The decision is open to appeal for 30 working days from May 24, 2021.