Moving SH-1 in to an earthquake HIGHER risk zone
By Colin Baxter
I know that the Tsunami story was featured in the national and local media.
I have mocked up SH-1 (eastern) and Kapiti expressway (western) on to a GWRC earthquake map.
Take a few seconds to study the implications.
SH-1 (eastern) in on moderate risk land (yellow)
Proposed expressway (western) is on mod to HIGH risk land (dark yellow).
I suspect this is a liquefaction issue with it being sand and wetlands etc.
I marvel at our predecessors who chose the eastern route without today’s knowledge and high tech gadgets.
But then the wetland would have been obvious to them at that time.
I marvel at NZTA;s stupidity and arrogance.
One key fact is that this new route will require numerous (10+) fly-overs which the WLR will not.
Below is a picture showing these.
Each of these is at risk of collapse and will block escape routes from the Beach commuinities.
This puts to the sword NZTA’s previous comment about climbing to the top of the bridge to be safely away from the Tsunami.
This picture shows the tsunami evacuation zones.
Guess were they are proposing to move state highway 1 from (safety) to (evacuation zone).
Again did NZTA know this information and not release it during consultation phase 1 (Oct 2009) or phase 2 (Feb 2011)?
Have they told the Minster of Transport of this twin danger and if so what was his reaction ?
Does the Associate Transport minister and local MP Nathan Guy know this increased risk and if so what has he to say about this?
NZTA also need to state what size earthquake they propose to engineer each of the fly-overs (and ramps) to withstand.
This will add to the cost and delay the timing.
Just in case NZTA try to down-play this story, I also have a picture of an expressway which collapsed in Japan recently.
Note also the bend in the expressway (NZTA maps straighten this out) – this ties in with a GWRC statement that the expressway is 1.5 kms longer that SH-1 (eastern) upgraded (straightened).