Traffic Jams Again

Easter Drivers Hit

By Usual Delays

By Graeme Trask
April 6…..2010

Easter was enjoyable for most people — except for those trying to drive anywhere quickly after Easter Friday.

On Saturday, the Coast was inundated with traffic, with the main routes in and out often clogged.

State Highway One north and south of Paraparaumu often became very congested  — it was reported that at times vehicles were taking an hour to travel  from Paraparaumu to Waikanae..

At Otaki, the roundabout at the northern end of the town lived up to its reputation for creating bottlenecks.

One of the worst bottlenecks occurred south of Otaki: When traffic travelling north was heavy. the queues stretched from Te Horo right through to Otaki at times.

In Paraparaumu, Kapiti Road had the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic as locals and holidaymakers headed to Coastlands Shoppingtown to look for bargains.

But Easter weekend on the Kapiti Coast was seen by many as the last long holiday,perhaps the last of the warm sunny days — and certainly the end to daylight saving. So it was a chance to get away from it all before the colder and shorter days arrived.

On Good Friday,though, things were much quieter. Most shops closed and people either entertained themselves or observed the traditional Christian services.

On Easter Saturday, while many hunted for bargains at the Coastlands’ sales, others enjoyed the markets at Paraparaumu Beach; and stalls with a variety of colourful displays featured on McLean Street.

At sea, the good weather allowed many boaties to escape land for the day, with many reporting good catches, especially snapper.

The next public holiday weekend will be the Queen’s Birthday weekend on June 7.

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