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
Estimated completion date: August 2017 (weather dependent)
These works involve:
Last week was wet, wet, wet, so we didn't get things finished off like we'd hoped to, because most of what's left needs dry weather. When that dry spell comes, we'll finish off the final piece of sealing at the roundabout. Stop/go traffic management will continue at times to allow the team to carry out the work safely.
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 this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Improvements to the Weka Road triangle started in early May 2017, and include:
To carry out these works, parts of the footpath are heavily coned off.
Wet weather has made it tricky down here too. This week if there's a dry spell we'll pour the concrete to finish off the footpaths. We've also got some landscaping, line-marking and tidying up to do in this area.
The pedestrian crossing outside Raumati Beach School has moved, so please take extra care and keep your eyes peeled while driving through the area. We've also got some finishing touches to do at this pedestrian crossing so take care this week.
While these works continue, we encourage people to use the Kāpiti College performing arts centre carpark when dropping kids off at school and picking them up to limit congestion as much as possible.
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Works to upgrade the Matai Road T-junction kicked off on Monday 14 August. They include:
During this first week of work in the area, we're carrying out work on the footpath on the north side of the road between the Matai intersection and the entrance to the Expressway shared pathway. This work involves cutting back vegetation and digging out the existing footpath. While this work's happening, temporary crossing points will be in place, and pedestrians will need to cross the road to avoid the works. Please use these temporary crossing points and take care when crossing the road.
We're working in the road shoulders to locate services and utilities.
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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:
or phone 04 296 4631