(NZTA Media release)

(south of the Otaki River)
Otaki town

The PekaPeka to Otaki Expressway will be fully open to traffic on Friday this week, 23 December.

While the expressway will help alleviate holiday queues and delays on State Highway 1, Friday and Saturday will see very high traffic volumes. You’ll experience some congestion as you merge from two lanes to one at the northern end of the expressway, as well as at some of the on and off ramps. There are also temporary reduced speed limits in place for small unfinished sections which will be completed in the New Year.

From Wednesday evening we’ll be opening the road in phases to complete barrier tensioning and final line marking, so prepare for lower speed limits and traffic management over this initial period.

We know you’ll be excited [relieved might be a better word —Eds] to try the new road in time for the holidays—make sure you’re ready for the layout of the new road! A guide to driving the new expressway is here.

Enjoy the new road, but please drive to the conditions, keep a safe following distance, use both lanes when traffic builds up, and merge like a zip—that’ll help everyone to get to their destination safely and efficiently.