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8 September 2015  |  Transmission Gully Project  |  Media release

Prime Minister John Key, with help from ministers Gerry Brownlee, Peter Dunne, Hekia Parata and Nathan Guy, used spades to break ground on Monday (8 September 2014) in a largely symbolic, but significant moment in the life of the project, which has been almost a century in the offing.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee referred to the Transmission Gully project as a “transformative project for the country” whose cutting edge safety engineering would provide more resilient access in and out of the capital in the event of a disaster as well as supporting economic growth in the region.

The Transmission Gully Project will be operated and run by business consortium, the Wellington Gateway Partnership, which has subcontracted design and construction to the Leighton-HEB joint venture, who combined have more than fifty years of experience in road and bridge building within New Zealand.

“The LHJV integrates local and international experience to successfully address the challenges of constructing 27 kilometres of motorway and 28 bridges through steep terrain,” says WGP Chief Executive, David Low.

Project Director Mick O’Dwyer will lead the LHJV team to construct the new motorway route through 11 different geological terrains from rugged rocky outcrops through to rolling farmland.

“The terrain presents some challenges which will require diverse construction techniques and equipment – from bulldozers to mechanical scrapers, diggers and dump trucks depending on where we are working.

“Over the coming months we will be completing detailed design. The community will also see us out in the field progressively fencing, relocating services, establishing environmental controls and setting up our site office”.

Major construction work is scheduled to begin during the Spring/Summer of 2015.

The motorway, which is programmed to open in 2020,will be operated and maintained by the WGP during its first quarter century of use.