Residents want more clarity on proposed plans to cut off Puketaha Road at the Gordonton Road end.
Terminating the road is one of the proposals put forward by the NZ Transport Agency as part of the Waikato Expressway project.
Puketaha School principal Bob Moffitt said representatives from the agency came to the school in October.
“They said that closing the road off, is one of the options. At this point nothing is set in concrete. We have no clarity from the discussions, we’d really like to know.”
Closing the road could be detrimental to the small school, he said.
“A lot of our people use Puketaha as the logical route – 70 to 80% of our kids come down this road. A road to Crosby Road roundabout seems to be an option. It’s really up in the air, and the uncertainty probably makes it worse.
“I think it could really affect Puketaha if they actually cut the road off completely. An alternative route would change the dynamics of the place. People could still could come to Puketaha School, but they would have to go an extra 3 or 4 kilometres.”
Puketaha Road resident Andrew Taylor also wants answers. He and his family have had ongoing conflicts over the roading project since 1997. While some of these have been resolved, he really wants to get on with his life.
At this stage, the builder says, there’s no clear plan for how he’s going to get access to his property.
“We’ve just built a house here. I’m at a point where I’ve lost interest in finishing it. Previously there was talk of an overbridge on Puketaha Rd crossing the expressway. Now there’s this proposal to terminate the road, to cut it off. This means there’s no easy way for me to get to the city. It’s the latest in what has been years of stress for me and my family.
“I was born in the wrong time. I’d be better off in the 17th century and I’d be sharpening up my broadsword, saddling up my best horse and riding into town. That’s the reality of it.”
Further south, Tamahere residents and others say they are in limbo as the Southern Links roading project stifles plans to sell or build until the Agency is ready to buy land in at least eight years.
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