Auckland Transport is working on mitigation measures to address flooding on Tamaki Drive between Point Resolution and the Ngapipi Bridge.
The decision to undertake the work has come following a capacity crowd public meeting on 8 June at the Outboard Boating Club where members of the public and elected members articulated their concerns about consistent flooding to Auckland Transport staff
Auckland Council governing body member and ward councillor for Ōrākei Cr Desley Simpson says she is pleased that this long running issue is finally being addressed.
“Tamaki Drive is more than a vital arterial route for the people of Orakei and the eastern bays; it is a scenic jewel in Auckland’s crown that is used by people from all over Auckland.” Says Cr Desley Simpson.” Having it flood so cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles are hindered to move freely in and out of the city and to the many eastern beaches, boating and recreational facilities is simply not acceptable. I am very pleased Auckland Transport has responded to my concerns and the concerns of the public and come up with solutions that are creative, within budgets and can be delivered now,” says Simpson. ”
Flooding on Tamaki Drive typically occurs during king tides and major weather events. The measures will primarily help with the tidal floods but will also reduce the effects of large storms. The measures include:
- Raising parts of Tamaki Drive by up to half a metre where the flooding is most prevalent( between Point Resolution andNgapipi Rd)
- adding a curve to the seawall to assist in deflecting waves from breaking onto footpath and Tamaki Drive
- installation of storm water valves, to reduce the inflow of sea water through the culvert pipes onto the road