The 4000-home Milldale development reaches a major milestone this month with its main entrance from Pine Valley Road, over a new bridge crossing the Weiti Stream, due to be finished and open in the next few weeks.
A new exit slipway off State Highway 1 north at Silverdale is also under construction and is due to be finished by the end of the year.
Up to now, the only access to Milldale has been at its northern end via Sidwell Road, just off Wainui Road and the Millwater highway exit.
Milldale marketing consultant Warren Frogley says the new southern entrance will be open as soon as Auckland Transport signs it off, hopefully by the end of March at the absolute latest. He says the new access, combined with the new motorway exit lane and other road improvements, should make life a lot easier not just for Milldale residents, but for many other drivers as well.
In addition, construction of an upgraded Wainui Road and Argent Lane intersection is happening this year and a new bridge across the motorway between Millwater and the Highgate business park is due to be built in 2022.
Key infrastructure is being paid for initially by Crown Infrastructure Partners (via ACC funding) and Auckland Council, but will be recovered via developer contributions and by residents paying an annual infrastructure payment.
Meanwhile, despite the interruptions and challenges thrown up by Covid-19 last year, the growth of Milldale continues apace. Countless diggers, earthmovers and graders are clearing land as far as the eye can see, right back over the ridge to Argent Lane and almost out to Wainui Road, and dozens of homes are under construction, with many streets jammed with tradies’ trucks and vans.
The first residents moved in to Milldale in November 2019, and there are now around 300 homes being lived in and 720 lots have been sold, including 17 multi-house “super-lot” packages. Warren says these will account for 87 extra homes, taking the total number to 941, and construction on six of the super-lots is already underway.
The first of two early childhood learning centres, MiniDale Explorers, opened last month opposite the development’s first park and playground in Archibald Drive. A second such centre is planned, as well as a 370-student primary school, with another primary school, a college and shops coming further down the track.
Warren says express bus services and park and ride facilities are also planned to expand as far as the Milldale and Millwater motorway exit, with additional bus routes also planned.