About time

February 15th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A 16km expressway north of Wellington has had resource consent granted by a Board of Inquiry.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) had proposed the expressway be built between Peka Peka and north Otaki.

The road was part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, a development considered to be of national significance, so was referred to the board by Environment Minister Amy Adams last April.

The decision followed the Board’s consideration of the application, submissions, evidence and a two week hearing.

Its decision could be appealed to the High Court on points of law only, and it could not be overturned by ministers.

NZTA’s state highway manager Rod James earlier said the road was expected to be open by mid- to late-2017.

I spent close to 90 minutes stuck in traffic at Otaki and Waikanae last Sunday. This expressway can not come quickly enough. Having SH1 go through the middle of shopping centres with intersections and traffic lights is madness.

My big hope is that all these developments get underway before the end of the year, as a change of Government could well see them scrapped.

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21 Responses to “About time”

  1. hj (6,794 comments) says:

    Always calls for a bigger population: follow the money.

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  2. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    But “Tojo” Cunliffe said it must not go ahead!

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  3. big bruv (13,658 comments) says:

    What do you mean “could see them scrapped”

    If the stinking Greens are part of the next government they will stop all road building.

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  4. dirty harry (446 comments) says:

    some luddite will appeal it…

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  5. peterwn (3,233 comments) says:

    Will be interesting to ask about it at campaign meetings – Labour candidates will probably sit right on the fence.

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  6. ZenTiger (426 comments) says:

    Labour candidates should try sitting on the highway like everyone else.

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  7. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Every time I drive on that road and there is a crash or sizeable delay, I think “but of course, we don’t need a motorway.” The new roundabout at Otaihanga is going to make the trip even longer (although it will have achieved its stated aim of making the intersection safer). The motorway is well overdue.
    Glad it is finally going to start. Get Transmission Gully underway before the election and National will have most of the LNI vote their way.

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  8. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Having SH1 go through the middle of shopping centres with intersections and traffic lights is madness.

    I think it is worth pointing out that SH1 was there first. The shops came about because of SH1. The current route through Otaki Railway was actually a bypass from the horse and cart days when the route used to go through Otaki and head north along the beach.

    There also wasn’t much at Paraparaumu before Coastlands opened.

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  9. marcw (241 comments) says:

    I agree gazza, it was madness that the local council approved development of a retail precinct along SH1 at Otaki in particular. They will of course be the most vocal when the highway is detoured away from there in future, and demanding ratepayer Koha no doubt.

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  10. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    I’m not saying it was a bad decision, Otaki and especially Paraparaumu wouldn’t be the same had they not been built. Perhaps the infrastructure to support the growing towns could have been built a bit sooner.
    I also don’t recall Otaki becoming the choke point until comparatively recently – it wasn’t something that entered my consciousness till I was an adult, whereas I can always recall big traffic jams at Pukerua Bay, and in Taupo through summer.
    It’s not really all that long that Otaki Railway has had the factory shops either.

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  11. coge (185 comments) says:

    Vote Labour, get Greens. No new roads.

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  12. ZenTiger (426 comments) says:

    Just look on the bright side – there will be way fewer speeding tickets.

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  13. Fisiani (1,021 comments) says:

    The Greens will demand cancellation of these roads. They will become half finished relics of the disaster that befell NZ in 2014. This is my recurring nightmare. Vote anything other than National and get a Green Minister of Transport and Green minister of the Environment. Thus no roads and no irrigation and no progress. A shuddering halt to the brighter future.

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  14. Brian Smaller (4,036 comments) says:

    DPF – I was stuck int eh same traffic that Sunday. To be fair there was an accident at Otaki. A bad accident will still close roads. But I agree – build the damn thing already!

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  15. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    I’ve driven this road more times than I can remember.

    Transmission Gully can’t come soon enough.

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  16. srylands (404 comments) says:

    I drive past the start point of the Kapiti Expressway most days. Work has been underway for a couple of months. I am surprised at (a) how few men and machines are at work and (b) how slow progress is.

    The Chinese would have had it half built by now.

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  17. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Brian S – there are accidents on that road all the time, to be fair it wouldn’t have happened on a better road. Motorways are the safest high speed roads around.

    srylands – it took over two years to build the 2km passing lane at Peka Peka. The track record isn’t great.
    About the same time in Queensland the roundabout at the airport interchange on the (now old) Gateway Motorway was described as the most hated roundabout in Queensland. In the space of less than four years, a flyover was proposed, designed, funded, and built. Project cost in the order of $100 million. Queensland is the same size as NZ.

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  18. freedom101 (490 comments) says:

    It is surprising how slow it is to build these things in NZ. The contractors have huge machines costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they are mostly idle. If you are lucky they are working 7am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. In other countries it’s common for work to proceed 24×7. I was once in Las Vegas and a building site was full on at 2am. If these practices were adopted we could probably build these roads in half the time. This is one small example of how our productivity lags.

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  19. Crusader (298 comments) says:

    Big opportunity for National advertising hoardings at the next election.
    Large boards visible from usual traffic jam points saying something to the order of “National = new bypass. Labour = Same old traffic jams.” People will be sitting in their cars, fuming at the delays. Plenty of time for the message to sink in.

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  20. WineOh (624 comments) says:

    I agree that the northern corridor upgrade is long overdue, though a simple bypass around the main centres of Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Levin and Otaki would solve the majority of the issues. It seems ridiculous that our main state highway requires drivers to endure multiple traffic lights and locals on the main street of provincial towns parallel parking. I’m not quite sure how the extra road from Horokiwi will help though, there is already the Haywards road linking the coast to the Hutt Valley.

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  21. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    If you’re building a bypass then you might as well set it up as a motorway. The motorway will have to be built eventually, and there is certainly enough traffic to justify it.
    Funnily enough, I said the same thing about the Wellington bypass which is more of a direction change on some one way street than a bypass (but still better than what was there).

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