KCDC Says ‘BEO’ Road Better
than Govt’s ExpresswayBy Alan Tristram 23rd September 2009
Mayor Jenny Rowan has just released details of a KCDC option for SH1 which she says is far better than the three options being publicised by the Government.
The Mayor and KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty held a special media conference to outline plans for the new option.
Mr Dougherty says the plan could be called the ‘Improved Eastern Option” to prevent confusion.
(Kapiti Independent News thinks ‘Best Eastern Option’ or ‘BEO’ is probably a catchier title).
A key feature of the plan is the retention of the KCDC’s plan for a two-lane Western Link Road (WLR), with a ‘green’ design featuring cycleways, walkways and bridleways.
The Best Eastern Option would take SHI onto a bridge crossing the Railway line at about the Kapiti Lights.
SHI would then run along a line west of Hinemoa and Buckley streets — and then run straight north alongside the rail line to a point north of the Camelot subdivision, where it would cross over the rail line again.
The Mayor and Chief Executive say they oppose the three main options on the table at present because these options will produce what are in fact motorways, with almost no local connections.
They say the KCDC Best Eastern Option can be built with far fewer homes destroyed — 44 compared with up to 178 for the other Eastern Option.
They also say the KCDC Eastern Option will be much cheaper than the Government’s Eastern Option.
Mayor Rowan and the CEO also say they totally oppose the idea of changing the Western Link Road into an Expressway.
They say this would:
Create a Motorway rather than an Expressway
Put the WLR back by at least five years
Arouse huge opposition from Iwi worried about infringements on the wahi tapu and urupa areas near the Waikanae River
Throw out years of planning for an environmentally friendly ‘local’ road
Physically divide the community,with few easy links between the areas on either side