Al­most ready to roll

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Tar­mac-lay­ing, tree-plant­ing and truck­loads of dirt will soon cul­mi­nate in the com­ple­tion of the State High­way 20 mo­tor­way ex­ten­sion.

Af­ter four years of construction, the new 4.5km stretch of mo­tor­way is due to open on sched­ule in midMay.

“We are very ex­cited to de­liver this to the com­mu­nity, this project has been 40 years in the mak­ing,” says New Zealand Trans­port Agency re­gional di­rec­tor Wayne McDon­ald.

But he says at least $250,000 has been spent on graf­fiti con­trol be­fore it even opens.

The agency has been mon­i­tor­ing graf­fiti through­out the project. At­tacks usu­ally takes place at night.

A blitz on tag­ging is planned shortly be­fore the open­ing to de­ter fur­ther graf­fiti.

Mr McDon­ald says open­ing plans are in progress and now the last touches are be­ing added to the $220 mil­lion job.

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Lengthy construction: Trans­port agency re­gional di­rec­tor Wayne McDon­ald stands on the Do­min­ion Rd over­bridge and looks at the near com­ple­tion of the State High­way 20 ex­ten­sion, which has taken four years.

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