Six-to-eight months away from the opening of the Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) section of the Kāpiti Expressway - one of eight sections of the Wellington Northern Corridor. The M2PP Alliance (which comprises the NZ Transport Agency, The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd, Beca Ltd and Higgins Contractors Ltd) and key suppliers such as Firth continue to work at a high pace to bring the project in ahead of the initial opening date of mid-2017. More than two years ago Firth upgraded two of its plants at Ōtaki and Kāpiti in readiness for the high volumes of concrete required for the project - and they have been busy ever since.
“The ground improvement and piling work at M2PP is done now but the Alliance is keeping us very busy, which we are certainly not complaining about,” says Alistair Bennett, National Technical / Materials Engineer for Firth. “It hasn't slowed up at all as we continue to supply a variety of concrete mixes for beams, bridge decks, barriers and panels.”
The $630 million project will deliver 18km of four-lane expressway through Paraparaumu and Waikanae, including a new bridge over the Waikanae River. The new route will improve safety, reduce congestion and provide more reliable journey times into and through the Kāpiti Coast.
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