Gully link road work be­gins

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

It was years in the plan­ning, and last Thurs­day the first sod was turned to start con­struc­tion on the Trans­mis­sion Gully link roads to Porirua.

The Wai­tan­girua and Whitby link roads are Porirua City’s com­po­nent of the Trans­mis­sion Gully project.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the peo­ple of Porirua had never wa­vered in their support for Trans­mis­sion Gully.

‘‘The link roads will rad­i­cally mod­ernise trans­port con­nec­tions to our city, but what’s re­ally ex­cit­ing is the huge so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits that will trans­form our city and the re­gion,’’ he said.

Leggett was joined in Wai­tan­girua by Derrick Adams, chief ex­ec­u­tive of HEB Con­struc­tion, to turn the first sod for the $40 mil­lion project, the big­gest in­vest­ment ever made in the city.

Con­struc­tion of the mo­tor­way and link roads com­bined will em­ploy up to 700 peo­ple on the site, and many oth­ers in off-site support.

The Whitby link road will be 1.4 kilo­me­tres and will con­nect with the 1.9km Wai­tan­girua link road at the new James Cook in­ter­change.

Trans­mis­sion Gully will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce traf­fic vol­umes along the ex­ist­ing sec­tion of State High­way 1 through Mana, Plim­mer­ton and Pukerua Bay.

After the event, Maraeroa Marae kau­matua and kuia wel­comed the group and shared some of their his­tory with the 40 peo­ple who at­tended the sod turn­ing.

The Wai­tan­girua link road passes next to Maraeroa marae.

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