High­way two steps closer

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Welling­ton is two steps closer to a new high­way route con­nect­ing the cap­i­tal with the lower North Is­land.

The first sod was turned last Mon­day, mark­ing the of­fi­cial start of con­struc­tion of the 16km McKays to Peka Peka sec­tion of the ex­press­way.

NZ Trans­port Agency has also an­nounced the con­sor­tium with which it will en­ter into pre­ferred bid­der ne­go­ti­a­tions for the Trans­mis­sion Gully high­way project.

The two projects will con­nect just north of Paekakariki as key com­po­nents of the 110km Welling­ton North­ern Cor­ri­dor Road of Na­tional Sig­nif­i­cance.

Trans­port Agency chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Danger­field said the McKays to Peka Peka Ex­press­way was a key in­fra­struc­ture project that would not only pro­vide an im­proved high­way route through the Kapiti district, but would also in­crease safety, re­duce travel times and im­prove jour­ney time re­li­a­bil­ity be­tween the Kapiti Coast and Welling­ton.

The road was ex­pected to be open to traf­fic by 2017.

Mr Danger­field also an­nounced that the Welling­ton Gate­way Part­ner­ship had been se­lected as the pre­ferred bid­der for the 27km Trans­mis­sion Gully project.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett has wel­comed the pre­ferred bid­der an­nounce­ment.

It paved the way for the coun­cil to be­gin dis­cus­sions with the Welling­ton Gate­way Part­ner­ship con­sor­tium on a con­tract to build the city’s link roads to the high­way, he said.

‘‘I am very pleased NZTA has been able to reach this de­ci­sion,’’ Mr Leggett said.

‘‘The ear­lier the con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tion phase can be con­cluded, the sooner work on con­struct­ing the high­way can be­gin.

‘‘ My coun­cil is look­ing for­ward to start­ing dis­cus­sions with the con­sor­tium on a con­tract to build roads that will con­nect our city to the high­way via Whitby and Wai­tan­girua.’’

Photo: FAIRFAX

Hard work: Trans­port Min­is­ter Gerry Brown­lee turns the first sod on the McKays to Peka Peka sec­tion of the ex­press­way.

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