Ride or walk new high­way

Central Leader - - News -

Cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans will be able to check out the new State High­way 20 ex­ten­sion on Satur­day, in a com­mu­nity open day preview.

It will give peo­ple a chance to see the com­pleted mo­tor­way, bridges and ur­ban de­sign which has taken four years to com­plete.

New Zealand Trans­port Agency re­gional di­rec­tor Wayne McDon­ald says he re­alises that lo­cal res­i­dents have been pa­tient through­out the construction dis­rup­tions.

“This open day is our way of thank­ing them and giv- ing them a chance to see our brand new mo­tor­way at their leisure,” he says.

Or­gan­ised by NZTA and Ful­ton Ho­gan, the west­bound lanes will be opened to the pub­lic, with the walk­ing route span­ning four kilo­me­tres from the San­dring­ham Rd round­about to Hills­bor­ough Rd.

Cy­clists can try it out be­tween 10am and 11am and pedes­tri­ans are in­vited be­tween 11am and 3pm.

En­trances will be at the San­dring­ham Rd round­about, Do­min­ion Rd, Hills­bor­ough Rd on-ramp and Richardson Rd.

The Har­bour­side and One Tree Hill Ro­tary clubs will be col­lect­ing do­na­tions for a new mo­bil­ity lift and a uni- ver­sity schol­ar­ship fund.

The mo­tor­way is due to open pro­gres­sively in the week af­ter a rib­bon-cut- ting cer­e­mony on May 15. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.nzta.govt.nz or call 368-2000.

Check it out: Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity will be able to walk the new sec­tion of State High­way 20 this week­end. The walk­ing route is marked in green and the en­trances to the site marked in or­ange.

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