Almost ready to roll
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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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.