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Kensington Roading and Intersection Upgrades

This page contains information about the work on the Mill Road / Nixon Street and Kensington Avenue / Kamo Road intersections, incorporating the Nixon Street widening, due for completion in 2016.
Updated: 20/01/2016 10:10 a.m.

Work on the final stages of Council’s Transportation Strategy started in February 2015.

The 20-year road improvement project started in 1996 off the back of the 20/20 Transport Plan to address traffic flow through the region. 

Studies identified that 40% of traffic in the central business district was travelling through the city to get from one side to another. 

Research was carried out to address the issues this caused and the 20/20 Transport Plan was developed. 

Following public consultation the plan was adopted in 1996 and a committee was formed to drive the plan forward.

The Strategy, which to date has included work on the Porowini Avenue extension, Kamo bypass and the Lower Hatea River Crossing, has now progressed to the scheduled upgrade of the Mill Road / Nixon Street and Kamo Road / Kensington Avenue intersections; which are recognised as two of the last major bottlenecks in the city - with traffic backing up in both directions during peak hours. 

The intersections have seen dramatic increases in traffic volumes in recent years with further increases expected into the future.

Work to be completed

  • Mill Road / Nixon Street intersection widening and upgrade
  • Kamo Road / Kensington Avenue intersection straightening, widening and upgrade
  • Nixon Street widening.

Council has negotiated with landowners to purchase land allowing for expansion which will see the Nixon Street widened by approximately three meters to become four lanes between Mill and Kamo Road. In addition, several units in the retirement village at the Mill Road/Nixon Street intersection were moved to make way for the intersection upgrade. 

The decision was made to widen Nixon Street along the Northern side - rather than on both sides. Intersections at each end of this will be upgraded.

The connection between Nixon Street and Kensington Avenue (crossing Kamo Road) has been recognised as a traffic 'black spot' and will be straightened - using some Northland Regional Council land in the former Countdown supermarket.

This project is expected to cost around $10 million to complete. 

Stage 1

Stage 1 focussed on the widening of the Mill Road/Nixon Street intersection. This stage was completed in December 2015.

​Stage 2

Stage 2 will include the widening and straightening of the Kensington Avenue / Kamo Road intersection and widening of Nixon Street. 

Stage 2 is expected to commence in February 2016 and is due for completion in mid 2017.

Refer to the map below for information on detours during Stage 2 works.

Further information

Motorists, pedestrians and residents are asked to please be patient during these upgrades, and consider using alternative routes.

If you have any queries, please contact Council's Roading Project Manager on +64 9 430 4200 ext 8709 or +64 272 766 106.  



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