MacKays to Peka Peka
With the official Mana Whenua Blessing, ministerial ribbon cutting ceremony and a highly successful carnival like community open day, the Kāpiti community celebrated the opening of the Kapiti Expressway in February 2017.
The M2PP section of the Wellington Northern Corridor is one section of the Wellington Northern Corridor which consists of a 110km road corridor from Wellington Airport to Levin - marked as a Road of National Significance (RoNS). RoNS are essential state highways programmed for upgrading to reduce congestion, improve safety and support economic growth in New Zealand. The M2PP section links up to the Linden to Mackays section (Transmission Gully).
The $630-million project delivers 18km of four-lane expressway through Paraparaumu and Waikanae, including a new bridge over the Waikanae River. The new route improves safety, reduces congestion and provides a more reliable journey times into and through the Kapiti Coast.
Higgins is an alliance partner in the M2PP project with a key role to provide civil construction input and services related to drainage, pavement construction, surfacing and traffic management. Other alliance partners include the NZTA, Fletcher Construction, Beca, the Kapiti Coast District Council, and local sub consultants and subcontractors such as Goodman Contractors.
Mackays to Peka Peka quick facts
- 18 bridges
- The 18km four-lane expressway
- 1.4 million new plants over 140 hectares, mostly locally sourced native species
- Over $200 million contributed to the local economy through employment of local businesses
- Over 5000 people worked on the project through its life
- 16km of shared pathway for cyclists, walkers and in most sections horses
- 70,000 cubic metres of concrete poured, enough to lay a footpath from Wellington to Auckland
- 3.5 million cubic metres of earth shifted – that’s 102 rugby fields piled 5m high
- 14ha of wetlands created
First paving underway on M2PP