The Transmission Gully mobile visitor centre has been operating in the Porirua CBD through February and March
A visitor centre with a difference for Transmission Gully project
With a large community spanning the length of the 27 km Transmission Gully project, the project team needed to create a visitor centre with a difference.
Housed in a transportable 20 ft container, the new mobile visitor centre will travel around the region to give as many people as possible an opportunity to learn more about the project. Through February and March, the Porirua City Council hosted the mobile centre in the new green area at Cobham Court.
A key component of the 110 km Wellington Northern Corridor road of national significance, Transmission Gully is a 27 km four-lane motorway which will run from Linden to Mackays Crossing, near Paekakariki, providing a high-quality, safer alternative to the existing coastal highway. Built to demanding specifications, its design and construction reflect the need for a safer and more reliable route to Wellington for motorists – one that is more resilient to earthquakes and storms.
With construction works underway on the two new roads that will connect Porirua to the Transmission Gully motorway, CPB HEB joint venture project director Boyd Knights says the timing was right for the mobile visitor centre to take up residence in Porirua.
“The mobile visitor centre is about sharing information on the Transmission Gully project and the progress of construction, and is really focused on keeping the community informed. We’re also pleased to be working with the Porirua City Council to deliver these vital connector roads,” says Mr Knights.
Information available at the centre includes an interactive fly-through of the new motorway, photos of construction progress, and a series of information panels about the project.
New growth opportunitiesPorirua mayor Mike Tana says that, once open, the Waitangirua and Whitby link roads to his city and the Transmission Gully motorway will bring a wide range of economic and transport benefits to the local and regional community.
“We’ve got plenty of room to expand, and these new roads will make many locations easier to get to, providing access to new growth opportunities. Regionally, we’re in a great central location and we will provide a resilient, cost-effective option for businesses to establish here.”
The completion of Porirua City’s link roads is set to coincide with the opening of the new Transmission Gully motorway in 2020. Part of Porirua’s local roading network, the link roads are the biggest investment the city has ever made.