Construction begins on Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway
This week marks the beginning of construction on the new $330 million Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway, part of the Wellington Northern Corridor.
Transport Agency Regional Relationships Director, Emma Speight, says the project will cut congestion, and provide safer and more efficient journeys through the Kapiti Coast, connecting with the McKays to Peka Peka Expressway in the south.
New Otaki River bridge
“The 13km of four-lane expressway project also includes 9kms of local roads, a new 330-metre Ōtaki River crossing, overbridges at Rahui Road and at School Road in Te Horo — and there are proposals for better walking and cycling access,” she says.
“(A total of) 1.3km of railway tracks will also be moved to ensure all modes of transport are well considered and are properly catered for.”
Te Reo points the way
Ms Speight has also congratulated Fletchers Construction, the project’s constructor, for winning Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2017 – at the Māori Language Awards.
Fletchers was nominated alongside community partners Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito in the Pakihi – Business category for bi-lingual site signage on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway.
“The award is recognition of Fletchers’ commitment to developing of constructive relationships with communities it’s working in and for,” Ms Speight says.
“There are four kohanga, two Māori immersion schools and two bilingual units within mainstream schools in Ōtaki, so the signage has added real value from a health and safety perspective as well as cultural one.”
The Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway is expected to open in 2020.