The $630 million Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway was today officially opened by transport minister Simon Bridges.
The Expressway is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, one of the Government’s roads of national significance, identified as key to economic growth.
The 18km four-lane expressway stretches along the Kāpiti Coast and includes 18 bridges and 16km of walking and cycle ways.
“After three years of construction, it’s fantastic to be delivering it four months ahead of the original scheduled completion date,” says Bridges.
“It has been an important project for the Kapiti and wider Wellington region, with more than $200 million contributed to the local economy through employment of local businesses and more than 5000 people having worked on the project,” he says.
Bridges says the project will deliver a range of benefits including shorter and more reliable travel times and significant safety improvements.
“Improved journey times to Wellington’s port, CBD, interisland ferry terminals, airport and hospital will benefit the wider region,” says Bridges.
“We know that transport is an enabler of economic activity so we need to continue unlocking key congestion points to get people and freight moving swiftly around the country,” he says.
“The Expressway also delivers a second, more resilient road network north of Wellington, an important feature in the wake of recent geological events,” says Bridges.
Bridges acknowledged everyone involved in the build including the Transport Agency, the contractors, local MP Nathan Guy, as well as former transport ministers Gerry Brownlee and Steven Joyce who have been integral to its progression.
A community event called the Kāpiti Coast ExpressDay, is taking place this Saturday so the general public may experience the Expressway before it opens to traffic in the next two weeks.