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Project introduction

This project aims to improve connections to and from the Kāpiti Expressway in the area between Peka Peka and Ōtaki River.

  • Estimated project dates

    Aug 2017–Nov 2017
  • Project type

    Roads of National Significance
  • Project status

    Investigation

Project updates

Connecting Peka Peka – short list options
Project updates, (PDF)
PP2Ō information days – October 2017
Project updates, (PDF)

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About the project

The Transport Agency is investigating options for improving connections to and from the Kāpiti Expressway in the area between Peka Peka and Ōtaki River.

We are working with representatives from well-established stakeholder groups to identify options. The stakeholder groups include Kāpiti Coast District Council, iwi, community liaison boards and other community groups.

We have identified options and sought feedback from local communities at two information days in October 2017.

Once a preferred option is identified a Single Stage Business Case (SSBC) will identify the best form of increased connectivity and provide a case for the preferred option.

Background

The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway opened to traffic in February 2017.

Local access to and from the new Expressway is via two full interchanges at Kāpiti Road, and Te Moana Road, plus northbound and southbound ramps at the northern and southern tie-ins to the existing SH1. The partial interchanges are south-facing ramps at Poplar Avenue, and north-facing ramps only at Peka Peka, where provision was made for south-facing ramps in the future.

After the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway opened, we monitored traffic flows across the network. Some issues with safety and traffic movements around the Peka Peka interchange area were identified and we are now investigating these in collaboration with our stakeholders.

Providing connections for movements in all directions at the current Peka Peka interchange (by adding south-facing ramps) could be a simple, pragmatic solution. However as part of our investigations, we will identify and assess a range of options, such as enhanced connectivity at Te Horo.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why didn’t you build a full interchange at Peka Peka when you built the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway?

    The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway opened to traffic in February 2017. Local access to and from the new expressway is via two full interchanges at Kāpiti Road, and Te Moana Road, plus northbound and southbound ramps at the northern and southern tie-ins to the existing SH1. The partial interchanges are south-facing ramps at Poplar Avenue, and north-facing ramps only at Peka Peka. Provision was made for the addition of south-facing ramps in the future.

    When the interchange was designed in 2011, the decision to construct a partial interchange was based on demand modelling which showed there was insufficient demand to justify a full interchange.

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  • What kind of investigation is the Transport Agency doing?

    We are following the single-stage business case path, which uses a streamlined approach to minimise development times and costs. It identifies the preferred option, and consenting comes later. The business case also needs to set out the justification for the project to secure actual funding, so we will be identifying the preferred option and the case for investment.

    In these cases, a single NLTP funding decision will be made by the Transport Agency to develop the activity level business case up to (but excluding) the implementation phase.

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  • Haven’t you looked at this already?

    In 2015, the Mackays to Peka Peka Alliance made some changes to the Peka Peka Link Road. This included some limited work around the need for a future interchange. Aspects of this work are feeding into the business case process.

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  • Who’s involved in the process?

    The Transport Agency is working with well-established stakeholder groups to identify options. The stakeholder groups include Kāpiti Coast District Council, community liaison boards, iwi and other community groups.

    We want these key stakeholders to help us answer two key questions:

    1. Is additional connectivity justified?
    2. If yes, where should additional connectivity be provided?
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