A $5 million roundabout under construction at one of the worst black spots on the Kapiti Coast is due to start operating with one lane this weekend.
The intersection of State Highway 1 and Otaihanga Rd, north of Paraparaumu, has a history of crashes, and the roundabout is aimed at preventing further accidents by reducing the risk and severity of collisions at the junction.
Traffic will start using the one-lane roundabout tomorrow but it will operate with two lanes when construction is completed in April.
"The roundabout is part of a wider programme of improvements to help reduce the number of fatal and serious crashes along this stretch of highway, including the construction of the Kapiti Expressway and Transmission Gully," NZ Transport Agency Wellington highways manager Rod James said.
He urged care and patience as the changes bedded in.
Work on the expressway over the next few months includes earthworks at the Peka Peka end of the highway near Smithfield and Greenhill roads, earthworks and the removal of sand north of Te Moana Rd in Waikanae, removing pine trees between Mazengarb and Otaihanga roads in Paraparaumu, and test piles on the southern bank of the Waikanae River.
- The Dominion Post
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