People have been travelling along the Kapiti Coast since Maori first settled in the lower North Island over 650 years ago. A system of routes and tracks was established over hundreds of years through the Kapiti Coast, all the way south to Te Whanganui –a-Tara (Wellington).
The MacKays to Peka Peka (M2PP) Expressway project follows this traditional route, delivering an 18km section of expressway through Paraparaumu and Waikanae.
M2PP is the first section in the 110km Wellington Northern Corridor, a long needed upgrade of State Highway 1 north of Wellington. It will separate local and highway traffic and provide safer, more efficient access to and from New Zealand’s capital and third-largest city. The MacKays to Peka Peka section will connect to Transmission Gully when it is completed in 2020.
The project scope includes:
- 16 km of new four lane motorway,
- Major upgrading of 2km of highway,
- 18 new bridges,
- 3,500,000 m³ of earthworks and,
- A shared path running the entire length of the new motorway, for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.
Fletcher is delivering the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway project as part of an alliance alongside Beca, Higgins and the NZ Transport Agency supported by Goodmans Contractors, Incite and Boffa Miskell.