PHOTO: MARK COOTE Trees have been cleared on the inland side of State Highway 1 just south of the Ōtaki River. Ōtaki Gorge Rd is on the right, and the river is at the top of the picture.

Construction of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti expressway is now all go..

Activity has been ramping up over recent months with work to clear vegetation and remove buildings to make way for the new $330 million expressway, which will run along the inland side of the existing State Highway 1.

The project will begin in earnest this week with earthworks, ground improvements and foundations for two bridges being built at Rahui Rd, just north of the Ōtaki outlet shopping area. One bridge will be built over the railway line and another over the new expressway route.


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