he NZ Transport Agency says the start of onsite preparatory work on the Transmission Gully motorway project is an exciting sign of things to come.
Transport Agency Wellington highways manager Rod James says work to establish a site office and compound at Lanes Flat to support physical work is a significant milestone for the project, and another important step for the Wellington Northern Corridor programme north of the capital, which will provide the Wellington region with a safer, more resilient, and more efficient highway network.
The $850m, 27km motorway project is New Zealand's first roading Public Private Partnership, and will be designed, built, financed, operated and maintained for 25 years by the Wellington Gateway Partnership.
“Projects of this scale involve a lot of preparation and pre-construction work, and it's very promising that establishment works will begin immediately in the New Year.
“Having just celebrated the first anniversary of construction on the Kapiti Expressway, we can look forward to a similar boost for workers and the local economy as Transmission Gully gathers pace.”
Mr James says that this road, when completed, will combine with the Kapiti Expressway and other improvements to provide the standard of highway that the Capital deserves, keeping motorists safe and making an important contribution to the region’s growing economy.
The site compound will provide office facilities for more than 100 permanent employees for the duration of the construction period, and work for hundreds more people is expected to be created during different phases of construction.
Mr James notes that the MacKays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti Expressway already employs more than 400 staff and has placed orders worth $110m with local suppliers.
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