Westchester Drive Project

7 March 2011

A new road about to be built in Wellington's northern suburbs will connect communities, ease peak-hour congestion in Johnsonville and allow for future, more direct bus routes.

A computer simulation showing the new northern suburbs link road

A computer simulation showing the new northern suburbs link road

When it is finished towards the end of next year, the new 800-metre extension to Westchester Drive will connect Churton Park and Glenside, providing direct access to State Highway 1 and a new footpath between the two communities.

The Council's Infrastructure Director, Stavros Michael, says the link will significantly improve travel times and distances for many residents and reduce traffic on the Churton Park and Johnsonville streets that people currently use to get to the motorway.

"The road has been redesigned in recent years to reduce the impact on the environment and a range of measures are in place to protect and monitor the health of Stebbings Stream while the construction happens," he says.

In recent weeks, the contractor, Fulton Hogan has been establishing a site office and doing some preliminary work at the Lakewood Avenue end, near where work is getting under way on Churton Park's first supermarket and shopping centre. However, most of the construction work over the next few months will happen at the other end near Middleton Road, where a new roundabout and bridge will be built.

The project is costing approximately $8 million. About half will be funded through rates and the remainder through contributions paid by developers as new areas of Stebbings Valley are developed.

The road will allow the area to grow without overburdening existing routes.