Traf­fic switch to hap­pen soon

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The 27km long Trans­mis­sion Gully mo­tor­way project reaches a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in mid-De­cem­ber, when all traf­fic is switched on to the new coast road con­nec­tion.

On the evening of Fri­day De­cem­ber 14 and weather per­mit­ting, SH1 south and north bound traf­fic will be switched onto the new coast road con­nec­tion be­tween Mackays Cross­ing and Paeka¯ ka¯ riki.

CPB HEB Con­struc­tion di­rec­tor Justin Redel­inghuys said the switch marks the next big step in a string of changes and ac­tiv­ity on the SH1 net­work.

“Progress at Paeka¯ ka¯ riki, Pau­ata­hanui and be­tween Porirua and Linden has be­come much more vis­i­ble to the pub­lic.

“We are be­gin­ning to see just how far the project has come since we started con­struc­tion and it’s an ex­cit­ing time.

“Although it will be tem­po­rar­ily used as a new sec­tion of SH1, the new coast road is one of the first fin­ished pieces of road along the project that can not only be seen but also used.”

While the new road will open in midDe­cem­ber, there is still some fin­ish­ing work to get done be­fore it is opened to the pub­lic.

Ap­ply­ing the fi­nal chipseal sur­face and line-mark­ing are the last steps be­fore the road is com­plete and the switch can be made.

This work is weather de­pen­dent. New light­ing is also go­ing up along the new route.

To re­duce pos­si­ble con­fu­sion for road users, the lane lay­out that was im­ple­mented for the Mackays Cross­ing Up­date has re­mained in place in preparation for the switch on Fri­day De­cem­ber 14 and will con­tinue to al­low for fur­ther work in the area.

Once Trans­mis­sion Gully opens in 2020, the coast road will then be­come the new con­nec­tion be­tween Mackays Cross­ing, Paeka¯ ka¯ riki town­ship and the Cen­ten­nial High­way.

The traf­fic switch will re­quire a sig­nif­i­cant set up, start­ing about 7.30pm on Fri­day De­cem­ber 14 or when traf­fic flows al­low.

It is ex­pected to be com­pleted and open to the pub­lic by 5am on Satur­day 15 De­cem­ber. There may also be some work at nights to fully com­plete all the work.

“Switch­ing traf­fic be­fore the week­end will al­low us to mon­i­tor the new road and ad­dress any is­sues that may arise be­fore week day peak traf­fic on the morn­ing of Mon­day De­cem­ber 17.

“There will be a smooth con­nec­tion onto the new coast road and the switch will be heav­ily sign posted with large con­crete bar­ri­ers in place as a safety pre­cau­tion for both our staff work­ing on­site and mo­torists.”

The speed limit on the new coast road will be 80kmh.

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