The fate of the proposed flyover bridge for Wellington's Basin Reserve will be decided by an independent board of inquiry.
Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced her decision to put the Transport Agency's application for resource consent for the flyover before a board rather than the Environment Court.
The $90 million flyover, which the agency wants to build next to the Basin Reserve, has been opposed by some groups who fear it will ruin the historic cricket ground.
Ms Adams says people affected by the two-lane flyover will get to have their say during the inquiry and the board will announce its decision in nine months.
The board will be chaired by the retired Environment and District Court judge, Gordon Whiting.