Mayor welcomes PP2Ō EMOGPA decision

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan welcomes the news that an asphalt surface will be applied throughout the entire length of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2Ō) Expressway.

The New Zealand Transport Agency today announced that they would use Epoxy Modified Open-Graded Porous Asphalt (EMOGPA) instead of chip seal on the PP2Ō Expressway in response to growing traffic demands now and into the future.

In 2013, NZ Transport Agency sought consent to build the PP2Ō expressway from the Board of Inquiry. Based on traffic modelling presented, it was determined that chip seal was the most appropriate and cost effective surface for the expressway.

The Mayor says he’s pleased the Transport Agency has made this decision as it will benefit both local community living near the PP2Ō Expressway and motorists.

“As I understand it EMOGPA is longer-lasting than chip seal and will make for a much smoother driving experience. It drains better and faster during storm events and will help reduce the traffic noise for people living near the expressway.”

“The Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway, once constructed, will be a fantastic edition to the Kāpiti Coast,” said the Mayor. “ It will  strengthen our district’s connections to both the north and the south and will significantly improve our resilence. I for one can wait for the Expressway to be completed as it will not only make my daily commute between Ōtaki and Paraparaumu safer and more enjoyable but it should also shave a few minutes off my journey.”