The new Kapiti Expressway has taken a huge amount of traffic off the former State Highway 1 road through the district and it will transfer from a highway under the New Zealand Transport Agency to a local road administered by the Kapiti Council.
The bonus for local who use the road is NZTA’s recent announcement that they will first give the road a $22 million makeover, featuring cycleways, lights, roundabouts and lower speed limits. NZTA says work will commence this year on transforming about 13.5 kilometres of SH1 into a local road.
Most of the road, which was previously the only highway through the district, is already only two lanes. But the changes could see the four-lane sections through Waikanae and Paraparaumu lose a lane on each side.
Once the work is complete, the road running from Raumati South to north of Waikanae will lose its highway status and be managed by Kapiti Coast District Council as part of the local network.