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Road surfacing begins at Transmission Gully ahead of traffic changes at Paekākāriki

 

17 December 2018  |  Transmission Gully Project  |  Project update

The 27km long Transmission Gully motorway project has reached a significant milestone with the first stretch of final road surfacing work just north of Paekākāriki.

Road surfacing

Southbound view of the new piece of local road that opened in December 2018.

Applying the final chip-seal surface and line-markings were the last steps in the construction of a new section of road that will be used temporarily to connect the existing SH1 coastal route and Kāpiti Expressway at Mackays Crossing.

On the night of Friday 14 December, traffic was moved over to the new coast road connection. We need to shift traffic off the current SH1 route in the area so that we can construct the new SH1 connection between Transmission Gully and Kāpiti Expressway with minimal traffic disruption.

Once the new motorway opens, this road will become the new local road connection between Mackays Crossing and the existing coastal route and the Paekākāriki township.

CPB HEB Construction Director Justin Redelinghuys says that this is an important step for the project and is the first finished piece of road along the project that can not only be seen but also used.

“Progress at Paekākāriki, Pauatahanui and between Porirua and Linden has become much more visible to the public, who are beginning to see just how far the project has come since we started construction and it’s an exciting time,” Justin said.

Paekākāriki and Mackays Crossing switch

Aerial view looking South from Mackays Crossing showing current State Highway 1 to the left, the route of the Transmission Gully motorway in the centre and the new local road to the right. A short interim section has been built to create a smooth connection between the local road and the state highway until the new motorway opens.

To reduce possible confusion for road users, the traffic management layout from recent Mackays Crossing Upgrade work remains in place to direct traffic to the new road. These controls and the new road alignment between Mackays Crossing and north of Paekākāriki will stay in place until the Transmission Gully motorway opens in 2020.