Tuesday, 26th May, 2020
The Expression of Interest (EOI) issued to commence Penlink, Mill Road and Tauranga North roading projects will help boost work opportunities.
“The consolidated EOI for these three projects will be welcomed by the private sector, and is a vital confidence boost for the construction industry,” Auckland Business Chamber head Michael Barnett.
With the Covid-19 situation unprecedented and the priority for providing safe and efficient transport and work opportunities these projects will play a critical role in our economic recovery.
As part of the NZ Trade Transport Agency’s Upgrade Programme announced in January, the three projects worth around $2.2 billion would help address growth pressures and were ‘ready to go’:
- The 7km Penlink opens ups access to new residential and employment areas in the Silverdale-Whangaparaoa Peninsula.
- The 22km Mill Road is a new connection from Manukau to Drury South, and will build resilience into the SH1 Southern Motorway.
- The 7km Tauranga Northern Link connects SH29 Takitimu Drive through to SH2 near Loop Rd, west of Te Puna, and will help provide a transport system for a fast-growing region.
The EOI closes on June 3 with the final tendering of the contract to be by invitation to contractors who register.
Barnett described the announcement as an ‘encouraging’ first step. “I would like to believe that this consolidated approach will provide the private sector with confidence that a pipeline of catch-up infrastructure work is underway.”
This should give the construction sector the certainty to invest in the workforce, upskill and train apprentices.
For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.
Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Business Chamber.