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Kapiti Expressway

Fletcher Construction awarded tender to build next section of Kāpiti Expressway

The NZ Transport Agency has awarded the contract for the construction of the 13 km Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti Expressway to Fletcher Construction, with work on the ground set to get under way in mid-2017.

Once these projects are complete, the Wellington CBD will be linked to the northern Kāpiti Coast by around 80km of four-lane, motorway-quality road, with a central barrier and grade separations throughout. It will improve safety, efficiency and journey reliability, while providing a more resilient route in the event of a natural disaster. Making travel for people and freight safer, more efficient and reliable will also support the region’s economic growth and productivity.

Full press release: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-rele...r-to-build-next-section-of-kapiti-expressway/

Highway construction is really booming in New Zealand now. Quite a number of projects were completed recently, are under construction or will start soon;

* Waterview Connection in Auckland
* Auckland Northern Motorway extension
* Tauranga Eastern Link
* Tauranga Northern Link
* Kapiti Expressway (phase 1 & 2)
* Waikato Expressway
* Transmission Gully Motorway
* Wellington smart motorway
* Christchurch Southern Motorway extension
* Christchurch Northern Motorway extension
 

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After a long period of near stagnation between 1975 and 2000, things have certainly gotten going in the last 15 years.
Projects like the Kapiti Expressway have been a very long time in the making having been planned and reservations aquired 50+ years ago.
 

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Auckland Northern Motorway

Work on $700m Puhoi road underway

Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have turned the sod on the first section of the long awaited Pūhoi to Wellsford Road.

The Puhoi to Warkworth road will be a new 18.5km motorway between Auckland and Northland. It is the first section of the Pūhoi to Wellsford Road to get underway, one of the Government’s Roads of National Significance.

The $709.5 million project is being delivered through a Public Private Partnership, the second for a state highway in New Zealand.

Progress is also being made towards starting the second stage between Warkworth and Wellsford.

The road is planned to be open to traffic in late 2021.​

Full press release: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/work-700m-puhoi-road-underway



It was probably one of the final acts of Prime Minister John Key, who announced he will resign by December 12.
 

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Progress Waterview Connection (SH20/SH16), Auckland

I took a few picks on site at Waterview today, impressive stuff...

P1190963 by Bro Joro, on Flickr

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P1190954 by Bro Joro, on Flickr

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P1190965 by Bro Joro, on Flickr
 

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I suppose it's the standard 100 km/h speed limit.

There is a push to introduce higher speed limits now that New Zealand has an increasing amount of non-urban expressways, most notably the Waikato Expressway.
 

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NZ South Island – December 2016

Hi all,

Last December I flew across the ditch again to visit the South Island of New Zealand. Starting my road tour from Christchurch, heading into the mountains and southwest to Queenstown, down through the Southland region to Invercargill before turning north following the east coast via Dunedin back to Christchurch.


Here are some photos of central Christchurch, including a tramway running through a small plaza.




 

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From Queenstown, you can do the Milford Sound Day Tour, although I caught the bus for this day. The distance between Queenstown and Milford Sound is not as far as the crow flies. However, with some inaccessible geography it becomes four hours there and four hours’ back. For a two hour cruise, it is quite a long day.

Following roads 6, 97 then 94; we stopped in Te Anau for a break, passed the Eglington Valley and through the Homer Tunnel. The Homer Tunnel is a 1.2km one lane tunnel that opened in 1953 which allowed the Milford Sound to be connected to the rest of the country.



 
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