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'Flurry of work' on Wtgn motorway

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/04/2016

Wellington motorists are being asked to be patient as a "flurry of work" gets underway to finish the city's new urban motorway.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says the city's `smart' motorway, operating from Johnsonville and Petone to the Terrace Tunnel, will be ready in two months.

Highway manager Neil Walker said the NZTA was grateful for drivers' patience and co-operation to date.

"As we enter the last phase of the project, we'll see a flurry of activity on the road as our contractors complete the finishing touches," he said.

"We ask drivers to bear with us for just a bit longer while we get this done."

The 16-month process of upgrading the central median barrier will be finished mid-April, while resealing of the northbound lanes between the Aotea on-ramp and Ngauranga will continue to the end of May.

A month's work to reseal southbound lanes from Ngauranga to the Thorndon overbridge starts this week.

Most work would be carried out at night to minimise disruptions, Mr Walker said.

"The next couple of months will be busy on the urban motorway but the result will be an off-ramp with more capacity and a smooth new road surface on the urban motorway that will last decades."

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