Everyone’s excited for the Expressway to open, and with people able to see it taking shape we know many are wondering why it’ll be next year before they can drive on it. As we will explain further down the newsletter, building a road is a complex, nuanced task, and there’s a lot of work to go. Even after the Expressway opens to traffic, there will still be some finishing works to complete.
The completion of Bridge 9 at Makahuri (formerly Marycrest) has created the final link on the project. It means project traffic will soon be able to drive the length of the Expressway, and it will also remove most of the construction traffic from the already-congested State Highway 1.
Some more immediate good news is we are confident that cyclists, walkers and equestrians will be able to use the shared path between Te Hapua and Te Kowhai by early August. Of course, everything is weather dependant and we do have a small drain to insert, for which we need the weather gods to be on our side. Even so, the pathway is on track to open as scheduled.
While the weather may be a headache for construction work, it’s a huge help for landscaping. You will see our planting teams out on site as the landscaping season gets into full swing, and we expect most of the planting to be completed by the end of the season in September/October.
If you need any further information, please visit our website www.nzta.govt.nz/pp2o, call us on 0800 PP2O INFO or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Hunt, Project Director