The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway is scheduled to open this month, four months ahead of the original scheduled June completion date.
The $630 million, 18km four-lane expressway along the Kapiti Coast includes 18 bridges and 16km of walking and cycle ways.
“An early opening this month is a great outcome for the Kapiti Coast community and the wider region as a whole,” says Transport Minister Simon Bridges. “In just a few weeks’ time this connection will open to deliver smoother and safer journeys for everyone.”
Bridges says the expressway will result in faster and more reliable journeys through the region, as well as making this stretch of road safer for all road users, and improve the Kapiti Coast’s resilience to major weather events like those experienced recently.
“This modern new road will also support the region’s economy. Reduced and more reliable travel times to and from Wellington will make Kapiti a more desirable place to live and do business,” he says.
The expressway is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, which stretches from Wellington Airport to just north of Levin. The Wellington Northern Corridor is one of the Government’s Roads of National Significance, identified as key to economic growth.
A completion event will be held on Thursday 16 February with the road opening to traffic later this month.