Fletcher Construction to build next section of Kapiti Expressway
Fletcher Construction, a New Zealand-based company, has secured a contract from The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), for the construction of the 13km Peka Peka to Otaki section of the Kapiti Expressway.
According to NZTA, the construction work is set to begin by mid next year.
The Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway is reported to be a crucial part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, it is considered one of the Government’s roads of national significance.
The Transmission Gully motorway, Mackays to Peka Peka and Peka Peka to Otaki expressways are the reported to be the arterial road for the infrastructural developments of the corridor.
NZTA Wellington Highway Manager Neil Walker said: “The tender process was extremely competitive, and the shortlist was assessed against a large number of criteria including overall cost, environmental management and community engagement.
“Fletcher will now proceed with detailed design, environmental planning and other enabling works for the project.
"This will include further community consultation. Major construction activities are planned to start in mid-2017.
“Fletcher and its partners will be able to build on the strong relationships they’ve forged with the community as part of the alliance constructing the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway.
"We’re looking forward to a continuation of the collaborative approach they’ve become known for during that project.”
Upon completion of the project , the Wellington Central Business District (CBD) will be linked to the northern Kapiti Coast by around 80km of four-lane, motorway-quality road, with a central barrier and grade separations throughout.
The project will enhance safety, efficiency and journey reliability, while providing a more resilient route in the event of a natural disaster.
It will also pave way for moving people and freight safer, more efficient and reliable will also support the region’s economic growth and productivity.