23 October 2015 | Transmission Gully Project | Media release
The Minister of Transport Simon Bridges and other officials from Greater Wellington have been given a tour of the northern site works on Transmission Gully.
A sediment retention pond, dam to source construction water and a clean water diversion are being constructed as part of enabling works prior to the start of main works scheduled for the end of October.
Minister Bridges noted the community would be happy to see diggers and other machines on site. "After decades and decades and decades of dreaming, wanting and planning, it's tremendous to be here at a time when we can see tangible work and progress on the ground."
The 27km, four lane highway will improve traffic flows, travel times, motorist safety and roading resilience.
Transmission Gully is the first state highway in New Zealand to be built under a public private partnership (PPP) between the New Zealand Transport Agency and Wellington Gateway Partnership, a consortium of financiers and constructors.
WGP Chief Executive, David Low, said it was an exciting time. "From this day forward, people travelling on State Highway 1 will see activities on site."
The motorway is scheduled for completion in 2020.
(Pictured: Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Otaki MP Nathan Guy with WGP CEO David Low and LHJV Project Director Mick O'Dwyer)