The new Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway is now fully open to all traffic.
Road crews completed work needed to allow the southbound and northbound lanes to open in the early hours of Friday morning.
It means the new section of State Highway 1 on the Kāpiti Coast is available for peak holiday traffic in the lead-up to Christmas.
As part of the opening of the new expressway, the northbound passing lane at Forest Lakes, north of Ōtaki, has been closed for safety reasons.
Holiday traffic congestion at the northern end of the expressway is expected. Drivers should plan for this and factor it into their travel plans. The latest details on the highway network can be found on our website.
Drivers are encouraged to check our tips on how to drive the road before they travel on it. Please take care on this newest part of our state highway network.
Waka Kotahi wants to thank road users and Ōtaki residents for their patience and understanding over recent weeks as final preparations and tie in roadworks for the opening of the expressway have been carried out. We appreciate these works have have caused traffic delays.