Kapiti Expressway – Keeping Up With Progress

Are you fully informed about what’s probably the biggest construction project we’ll ever see on the Kapiti Coast? Did you know that there’s an excellent newsletter produced every month for those who are interested in what’s happening?

M2PP LogoIn my view, the M2PP (MacKays to Peka Peka) Consortium is doing a superb job of keeping the public informed about everything they’re doing and getting involved in and they’re using modern technology to ensure that their communication reaches everyone in the community.

Every month, M2PP send out their “Express Lane” Newsletter to those of us who have subscribed. The newsletter is always led off by a video of the Project Manager Alan Orange summarizing what’s happened, what’s going to happen and what’s in the newsletter. I admire Alan because, like many of our generation, he’s not all that comfortable in front of the camera but he knows that as the overall Manager, he’s got an important role to play with the public and he’s definitely getting better as the project progresses!

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Alan is then normally followed by one or two very interesting videos presented by his various managers who describe the specific aspects of the project that they’re responsible for. They also interview people at the coalface like digger drivers, stop-go operatives and the people who tie all that steel together. For those less interested in the technicalities, there’ve been interesting articles about recruitment, training and of course safety on the project all of which have been very informative for us stakeholders. The final section of the newsletter breaks the project down by sectors and describes what’s planned over the coming month or so. This can be the most important part as it will tip you off to possible road closures or disruptions giving your advance warning of areas to avoid.

  • Did you know that Raumati Rd will be closed at night between 7:30pm and 5:30am from Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December?
  • Did you know that there’ll be significant work on the Raumati Straights section of SH1 (south of Poplar Ave) next year including speed restrictions?
  • Did you know that the Te Moana Rd Stop-Go will remain in place until Christmas as will the 30kph speed restriction?
  • Did you know that all work on the Expressway will cease on Wednesday 23 December and won’t restart until Tuesday 5th January 2016?

I admit to being a guy who likes all the techy stuff but I commend this newsletter to everyone who lives on the Kapiti Coast because we’re all involved and affected by this project – we are a key stakeholder group. Love it or hate it, the Kapiti Expressway is here to stay and in just over 12 months we’ll all be using it (or maybe even just avoiding it) and wondering how we coped without it!

So, if I’ve peaked your interested in what’s happening why not try a modern way of keeping yourself informed and click here to read the latest (November) Express Lane Newsletter. If you enjoy what you see, click here to subscribe to future newsletters as the project enters it’s final full (and intensive) year of construction.

NZTA is also doing an excellent job of informing the public of its activities. Try out some of the links below if you’re interested in what they’re up to;

  • See an overview of the whole Kapiti Expressway project here
  • Find out about the Peka Peka to Otaki Section here
  • Find out about the Otaki to north of Levin Section here
  • Find out about Transmission Gully here
  • And the coolest of all, drive the Transmission Gully road on your PC/laptop or tablet here

See, keeping informed using technology isn’t all that hard, is it?

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