A group of roadworkers working on the Papakura interchange have spent a morning with their closest neighbours - an early childhood centre.
As part of the NZ Transport Agency's commitment to community, the team spent a morning at the Karaka Learning Centre.
The centre is right next to the interchange onramp and the children and teachers have watched the interchange being built.
The 30 teachers and 150 children got to travel by bus on the new northbound motorway onramp before it opens to traffic next month.
As part of the event the childcare centre's car park was turned into a road, complete with traffic cones and stop/go signs for children to navigate on their scooters and trikes, and a digger and grader were parked alongside for the children to explore.
A spokesman said children inside the centre enjoyed constructing their own motorway, complete with motorway overbridges and onramps in the sandpit.
The children were supplied with plans of the interchange and had to come up with solutions to construct a working overbridge that their chief engineer could sign off after a series of test drives.
The new northbound motorway onramp is scheduled to open next month, with the entire project, including new motorway overbridge and extended southbound off-ramp, completed by December 2013.
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