Trans­mis­sion Gully and other road projects never far from the head­lines

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

‘‘In Novem­ber, the $270m Pe­tone to Gre­nada link was signed off, a good out­come for Tawa and Takapu Val­ley res­i­dents.’’

Some im­por­tant road­ing mile­stones were ticked off in 2015.

The first sod was turned on the $850 mil­lion Trans­mis­sion Gully high­way. The 27-kilo­me­tre, fourlane link be­tween Lin­den and McKay’s Cross­ing will carry traf­fic by 2020, with ma­jor earth­works be­gin­ning next year.

The full im­pact the project will have on Porirua is yet to be re­alised. State High­way 1, through Pukerua Bay, Plim­mer­ton and Mana, and past Porirua’s city cen­tre, will be­come a sec­ondary road.

There will be con­nec­tions off Trans­mis­sion Gully at Kenepuru Dr, near North City Ten­pin, Warp­site Ave, near Wai­tan­girua Mall, James Cook Drive in Whitby and SH58, just east of Pau­ata­hanui.

In Novem­ber, the $270m Pe­tone to Gre­nada link was signed off, a good out­come for Tawa and Takapu Val­ley res­i­dents. Op­tions for NZ Trans- port Agency in­cluded widen­ing the mo­tor­way at Tawa or cut­ting through Takapu Val­ley.

The agency fi­nally opted to carve through the Horokiwi crest be­tween Pe­tone and Tawa, and have four in­ter­changes. Con­struc­tion could be­gin in 2019 with com­ple­tion in 2023.

Road widen­ing be­gan on Hay­wards Hill and a $43m in­ter­change was con­firmed at the Hutt Val­ley end of SH58. Work is un­der way and will take two years.

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