‘Pave­ment is­sues’ on new ex­press­way

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - DAMIAN GE­ORGE

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

PHOTO: MAARTEN HOLL/FAIR­FAX NZ

The Kapiti ex­press­way north of Welling­ton is al­ready start­ing to dis­colour and show signs of wear and tear.

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