Services

Raumati Road improvements 2017

Raumati Road is one of the busiest roads in the district and connects traffic from Paraparaumu Town Centre and State Highway 1 to the Raumati Beach area.

We’re carrying out a range of improvements in this area to respond to growing traffic volumes, to make it easier and safer for people to move through this area and to better serve the needs of all Raumati Road users.

Our focus areas

Matai Road T-junction

Raumati Road roundabout - Hillcrest Road/Goldsborough Avenue intersection

Weka Road triangle

Consultation & collaboration

Matai Road T-junction improvement works

Works to upgrade the Matai Road T-junction kicked off on Monday 14 August. They include:

  • construction of a left-turning lane into Matai Road (to slow both turning traffic, making it safer for pedestrians at that junction and vehicles going straight ahead)
  • a flush median added to Raumati Road (where cars can wait until the eastbound lane is clear)
  • addition of a right-turning bay into Matai Road
  • improvements to the pedestrian refuge on Matai Road
  • re-alignment of the footpath on Raumati Road
  • continuing the shared path for pedestrians and cyclists on the north side of Raumati Road which will extend from the Expressway to Raumati Beach village.

Work planned for week starting 25 September

The shared path on the north side of Raumati Road between the roundabout and the Expressway shared path is now complete.  

This week we were hoping to finish off the south-east corner of Matai Road, where we're installing the new kerb and footpath. Most of this work is done but the wet weather means we've had to delay the line marking and concreting of the new footpaths. This work will be carried out as soon as we get a fine spell.

What this means for you

There will be a 3 way stop/go system in place so if you’re travelling along Raumati Road please pay attention to signage and take extra care in the area while we complete these works.

 

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Raumati Road roundabout

Our safety improvements here are complete.

The improvements we've made include:

  • building a roundabout at the Hillcrest Road/Goldsborough Avenue intersection with Raumati Road to improve traffic flow and safety
  • installing pedestrian refuges at each arm of the roundabout
  • re-aligning Goldsborough Avenue
  • improving the footpaths
  • building a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists on the north side of Raumati Road which will extend from the Expressway to Raumati Beach village.

 

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Weka Road triangle

Our safety improvements at the Weka Road triangle are complete. We've finished off the final road surface and the footpaths here, and the grass is growing well.

The improvements we've made include:

  • moving the pedestrian crossing on Raumati Road by the corner of Weka Road further towards the Weka Road triangle
  • widening the footpath and extending the no-stopping lines on Weka Road (so there is more space for traffic and parking manoeuvres)
  • adding two new footpaths
  • permanently closing the part of Raumati Road which forks off to form the Weka Road triangle
  • reconfiguring parking spaces on Raumati Road by Raumati Beach School
  • continuing the shared path for pedestrians and cyclists (up to the newly-placed pedestrian crossing).

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Answers to your questions

Why has this work taken so long?

Parts of this job haven’t gone to plan and we apologise for the disruption, inconvenience and frustration it’s causing. Raumati Road is one of the busiest roads in Kāpiti and building a roundabout and carrying out other improvements around 10,000 or so vehicles a day plus pedestrians and cyclists can be challenging.

Restricted work hours: To avoid disruption during school term we’ve had specific works hours in place for our contractor. This is to avoid causing traffic jams at school drop off and pick up times and minimise disruption to residents. We’re trying to strike a balance but we know these works have been frustrating for everyone.

Shallow services: We’ve come across an unusually high number of shallow services like cables and water mains, which we’ve had to move to allow us to dig down and build up the road surface.

Wet weather: We've had some bad luck recently with the wet weather, but we're monitoring the forecast and working around it where we can.

Why is the roundabout so big?

This is the only road in Paraparaumu west of the Expressway that can take high and over-dimension vehicles. That’s why you might have noticed that the Expressway Bridge is higher than all the others. So big trucks can use the road, the road surface needs to be super thick which means we need to build up lots of layers.

Will buses and trucks be able to use the roundabout?

Yes. Buses and trucks will be able to safely move around the roundabout because it's been designed specifically with them in mind. However, the size of the roundabout will encourage them, and other vehicles, to slow down to allow time for vehicles coming from side streets to exit, and to make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

How can I keep updated on progress?

This page will be updated every few days with progress updates. You can also sign up to Everything Kāpiti to keep in the loop on these improvements and other road works in the district.

We know our continued presence in the area is an inconvenience for Raumati residents, particularly around school times, and apologise for the delays and thank everyone for their patience.

We want to hear from you about how it’s going. If you’ve got issues or concerns, the best way to let us know is to email kapiti.council@kapiticoast.govt.nz      

Consultation & collaboration

The works were decided on after community consultation to identify areas on Raumati Road that needed improvement. Opus International also conducted a study to help inform a long-term Raumati Road Corridor Strategy and a forward programme of transport improvements in October 2015. In addition, Council worked with Kapiti College on its changes to the road. 

You can find out about the public consultation and key findings and read the full report on the Raumati Road Review Project page.

For more information about our Raumati Road improvements email:
raumaticorridor@kapiticoast.govt.nz

or phone 04 296 4631