The New Zealand Transport Agency has announced it will upgrade the entire surface of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway, from chipseal to Open-Graded Porous Asphalt.
Senior Manager, Project Delivery Chris Hunt says the Asphalt provides a smoother surface for drivers, requires less maintenance and will cope better with projected traffic volumes.
Currently traffic volumes just north of Peka Peka are estimated at approximately 20,000 vehicles daily, which is expected to grow by two to three thousand more cars by 2031.
Chip seal will be put down for the first 12 months to allow the surface to bed-in, after which the Asphalt will be applied.
Mr Hunt says the decision to upgrade the road surface was an evidence-based decision, but he also acknowledged those in the community who have strongly advocated for it.
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan welcomes the news that an asphalt surface will be applied throughout the entire length of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2Ō) Expressway.
In 2013, NZ Transport Agency sought consent to build the PP2Ō expressway from the Board of Inquiry. Based on traffic modelling presented, it was determined that chip seal was the most appropriate and cost effective surface for the expressway.
The Mayor says he’s pleased the Transport Agency has made this decision as it will benefit both local community living near the PP2Ō Expressway and motorists.
“As I understand it EMOGPA is longer-lasting than chip seal and will make for a much smoother driving experience. It drains better and faster during storm events and will help reduce the traffic noise for people living near the expressway.”
“The Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway, once constructed, will be a fantastic edition to the Kāpiti Coast,” said the Mayor. “It will strengthen our district’s connections to both the north and the south and will significantly improve our resilence. I for one can wait for the Expressway to be completed as it will not only make my daily commute between Ōtaki and Paraparaumu safer and more enjoyable but it should also shave a few minutes off my journey.”