The New Zealand Transport Agency has awarded a contract to Fletcher Construction for the next section of the Kāpiti Expressway in New Zealand.
The contract for involves the construction of the 13km stretch from Peka Peka to Ōtaki. The project is expected to cost approximately US$ 236m (NZ$330m), including site investigations, design, property costs and construction.
Fletcher Construction will now proceed with detailed design, environmental planning, and other enabling works for the project including further community consultation. Major construction activities are planned to start in mid-2017, and the route is expected to open to traffic in 2020.
The Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway forms a key part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, which is one of the government’s roads of national significance, and when completed Wellington’s central business district will be linked to the northern Kāpiti Coast by about 80 km of four-lane motorway, with a central barrier and grade separations throughout. This will support the region’s economic growth and productivity, improve safety and journey reliability for people and freight, and providing a more resilient route in the event of a natural disaster.