‘Pavement issues’ on new expressway
The $630 million Kapiti expressway is having ‘‘pavement issues’’ and may need repairs just three months after opening.
Some drivers have noticed what appear to be cracks in the road on one of the southbound lanes between Paraparaumu and Waikanae.
New Zealand Transport Agency highways manager Neil Walker said in a statement that he was aware of the issues, which had led to discolouration and changes to the texture of the road surface’’.
‘‘It’s too early to say what could be causing these changes, but we are monitoring the condition of the surface at these locations very closely in order to determine whether any remedial work will be required.’’
The pavement issues are occurring along just over one kilometre in the southbound lane, and about 260 metres in the northbound lane, in the vicinity of Kapiti Rd. The pavement surface in those areas is a lighter shading than the rest of the pavement, and the texture of the surface has become rougher.
Walker said the discolouration and texture changes do not pose any risks for motorists.
‘‘It is too early to determine a timeframe for when any remedial work, as the cause is still being investigated.’’
The first section of the fourlane expressway north of Wel- lington, from Mackays Crossing to Peka Peka, was officially opened on February 24.
It has experienced some teething issues, with the express route through the Kapiti Coast creating a traffic bottleneck where it connects to the old two-lane State Highway 1, Paekakariki.
The Transport Agency said that was partly because of drivers not merging correctly at the Mackays Crossing merge point, but travel times were reducing as drivers adjusted to the new road. just north of
The Kapiti expressway north of Wellington is already starting to discolour and show signs of wear and tear.