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Old November 6th, 2013, 09:56 PM   #41
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The progress at the SH1 / Otaihanga Rd roundabout is incredible. They managed to move that large hill in just a few days.
That's because once you are through the Humus layer, its all sand,
no fractured greywacke or clay that you get off the coastal strip.

The machine operators must love it, like eating through spongecake....
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Old November 12th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #42
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Got some pictures on Monday

Took these at the new SH1 / Otaihanga Rd roundabout








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Old November 12th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #43
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There also seems to be some work going on further down otaihanga road by the dump. I will stop by there and see if I can get some more pictures
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 12:33 AM   #44
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Kapiti Expressway gets final nod

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post...gets-final-nod

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Construction of the MacKays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti Expressway is likely to start this month after a final legal challenge to consent for the highway was dismissed.

Expressway opponents Save Kapiti lost a High Court appeal opposing a board of inquiry consent for the section of expressway in August. The Supreme Court has now dismissed the group's application to seek leave to appeal.

Save Kapiti's argument was that the two-lane Western Link Rd, planned along roughly the same designation, should have been taken into account as part of the environment.

The Supreme Court judgment states any attempt to assess the impact of the proposed expressway on the assumption the road was in place would be "entirely artificial".

"We are not persuaded that a further appeal is justified either in the Court of Appeal or this court," the ruling stated.

Save Kapiti has strongly opposed putting a high-speed motorway through coastal settlements while the local business community believes it is vital for business growth in the district.

Former transport minister Steven Joyce announced plans to build the Kapiti Expressway in 2009 as part of a Wellington to Levin road of national significance.

An NZ Transport Agency spokesman said now there were no legal barriers to construction, it was likely to begin this month.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee welcomed the decision, saying construction was now likely to begin in "weeks".
"The MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway is now an absolute certainty, and this is cause for Wellingtonians to celebrate," he said.

"By building a four lane divided expressway linking the capital to the north, we will save lives, reduce journey times, and provide a huge boost to the economic growth and productivity of the region.

"I am satisfied that the decision by the Board of Inquiry to grant consents was a sound one based on a fair and rigorous process."

Brownlee said the planned completion date of 2017, for the MacKays to Peka Peka section, was still possible.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 03:04 AM   #45
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Brownlee moves first sod for new expressway

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post...new-expressway

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Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee got behind the controls of a digger to mark the start of construction of the Kapiti Expressway.

The road would create more than 1000 jobs, as well as easing congestion and adding "to the value of this part of the country", he said as he scooped up two big sods of earth in Waikanae yesterday.

The occasion was also used to announce the consortium that will enter into preferred bidder negotiations for the Transmission Gully project.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 10:44 PM   #46
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Kapiti Expressway work ramps up



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Construction of the long-awaited second bridge over Waikanae River is under way as the McKays to Peka Peka expressway project ramps up.

The New Zealand Transport Agency has started test pile drilling on the southern side of the river. Work has already started on the northern side and around Poplar Ave in Raumati South Earthworks are also about to start at Peka Peka.

Construction of the $630 million expressway was given the go-ahead last month after two Supreme Court appeals against consent for the development were dismissed.

Expressway construction manager John Palm said the $35 million Waikanae River bridge was being built first, because it was critical for moving materials north and south along the alignment rather than hauling it along public roads.

A haul road has been developed between NZTA's site office in Otaihanga Rd and the construction site.

Work on permanent piling is due to start in April, when about 54 beams, weighing 85 tonnes each and spanning 40 metres, the largest of their kind used in New Zealand, will be transported to the site.

The piles, which are nearly three metres in diameter, will be sunk down 18 metres. On the north side of the river a gas main and fibre optic cable will be relocated.

Project manager Alan Orange said because most of the soil was sand, work could continue through winter.

''If it rains we get compaction and that keeps the dust down. A lot of jobs stop in winter,'' Mr Orange said.

One carriageway was expected to be completed this year and the entire bridge by August next year.

Work also is under way to fell about 18 hectares of pine forest south of Otaihanga Rd, and clear trees around southern entrance at Poplar Ave.

Over the next three to four weeks peat will start to be excavated at Peka Peka for a new embankment, and a haul road will be developed between Te Moana Rd in Waikanae and Peka Peka for big earthmoving transporters.

Otaki MP Nathan Guy welcomed said the start of construction of the bridge.

''Paraparaumu and Waikanae residents have been waiting decades for another bridge.

There will be 1000 jobs created from the project when it gets going in the middle of this year.

''This is going to open up the Kapiti and Horowhenua districts to the future - there will be population growth ...less delays and huge safety benefits,'' he said.

He slammed Labour's opposition to the road as ''living in la la land''.

Commenting on complaints about delays at the Otaihanga roundabout, presently under construction, he said some delays could be expected.

''As a result of the probably the biggest government investment in this district, there will be some small disruptions...most people realise the benefits,'' he said.

NZTA Wellington highways manager Rod James said they had advised motorists about the possibility of delays from the temporary configuration of the roundabout.

''It appears to be a combination of drivers adjusting to the new configuration and temporary speed limit, and the usual heavy traffic volumes the expressway aims to alleviate,'' Mr James said.

The expressway project was expected to be finished in 2017. The next section of the expressway, from Peka Peka to Otaki, is planned to start in 2016 and take four years.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post...-work-ramps-up
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 10:28 PM   #47
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Was at El Rancho over the weekend and work has definitely started on the northern side of the river. I had presumed they had already started foundation work as there was a big pit with a concrete pad at the bottom. Not sure what that was for because the article states that permanent piling is not meant to start until April.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 04:39 AM   #48
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NZTA has started a monthly news letter where you can subscribe to construction updates:

http://expresslane.buzzit.co.nz/
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Old March 16th, 2014, 10:47 PM   #49
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Kapiti Expressway, Waikanae River Bridge construction

Went for a ride this weekend along the waikanae river and got these early shots of the waikanae bridge which is now under construction.

Nice to see all the construction taking place in the area. There is also a lot of construction happening in Raumati South where they have now closed off leinster ave to SH1.









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Hundreds of construction photos of the Kapiti Expressway on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/111260085@N07/
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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:46 AM   #51
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Ground-breaking technology on new highway

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The world's smartest diggers, fitted with pioneering Kiwi technology, are shifting dirt on the Kapiti Expressway.

The technology allows the digger operator to see, via a GPS and cloud system, a precise 3D picture of what is being been dug, accurate to within milli metres.

About three million cubic metres of dirt is being moved on the corner of State Highway 1 and Poplar Ave, where the southern entrance of the expressway is being built.

The technology has been developed by Stan Goodman, general manager of contractor Goodmans, and Will Newall, survey manager of the Alliance express way working group.

Goodman said it saved money and time, improved safety and reduced the impact on the environment. GPS devices had been used on machinery for about 15 years, but combining them with cloud technology was a world-first Kiwi invention, he said.

"The difference is we use the internet so we do not need construction pegs in the ground or people going down holes measuring. We get it right in one go."

He had 12 machines, including graders, bulldozers and excavators, fitted with the technology, which costs up to $80,000 a unit.

Newall said it allowed drivers to survey sites themselves. At the Poplar Ave site, they have been digging out peat about five metres deep.

"In days gone by I would send a surveyor down a hole, which could have collapsed.

"Now the excavator does the measuring himself that automatically goes to the cloud, then to the office directly from the machine blades. It is fantastic."

Using a screen the size of an iPad in front of them, drivers can push a button to send information to the office.



BY THE NUMBERS

The expressway will feature 400,000 square metres of road surfacing – equivalent to 60 football fields.

1.5 million tonnes of stone will be used – equivalent to the weight of 8800 blue whales.

About 1000 jobs will be directly created.

More than 5000 pairs of steel-toe-capped boots will have set foot on the 18km expressway site by the time the job is finished.

18 bridges add up to 1km of bridge decking – three times the height of the Sky Tower if laid vertically.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post...on-new-highway
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