Take a drive on new motorway
The new State Highway 20 motorway extension is set to open today with traffic beginning to use the eastbound lanes this afternoon.
The 4.5km stretch will be officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12.45pm by Transport Minister Steven Joyce, mayor John Banks and New Zealand Transport Agency representatives.
The section of SH20 extends the southwestern motorway from Queenstown Rd and forms part of the western ring route. It is expected to ease traffic congestion on Mt Roskill roads.
Two interchanges at Hillsborough Rd and Dominion Rd will provide on and off-ramps for eastbound and westbound traffic. Bridges at May Rd, Dominion Rd, Hayr Rd and Hillsborough Rd are expected to cater for about 45,000 vehicles a day. The two pedestrian bridges at Keith Hay Park and Ernie Pinches St are expected to provide a safe crossing for more than 2000 schoolchildren each day.
Today’s opening follows a successful community open day last Saturday when around 11,000 people turned out to take a stroll or cycle on the new extension.
Walkers, runners, skateboarders and cyclists were entertained by a jazz band from Mt Roskill Grammar School.
About 50 protesters also gathered last Saturday, campaigning for a “tunnel or nothing” to complete the Waterview connection.
Open for business: People check out the new State Highway 20 extension by foot at a community open day last weekend.