There's been a lot of talk lately about the Transmission Gully highway out of Wellington. We went to Wellington on Thursday for a friend's graduation from Victoria University. Unfortunately, we didn't get back on the road home until around 4.45pm, so we hit peak hour traffic.
The traffic on the Hutt Motorway was heavy, but moving steadily albeit at regulated speeds. Ngauranga Gorge was negotiated smoothly, and everything was going swimmingly until we hit the first crawl.
The traffic at the Paremata roundabout was backed up almost to the Porirua off-ramp. We eventually got through Paremata and Plimmerton, but it was a grind. We hit the twin-lane section after the Palmers' roundabout thinking we'd have a half-decent run to Pukerua Bay and points north; how wrong we were.
The traffic ground to a halt by the Whenua Tapu cemetery , and we crawled up the hill on New Zealand's State Highway One at no more than 10pm/hr. From there it was a grind until we finally got back on the two-lane highway at Mackay's Crossing, which is where Transmission Gully will join SH1.
The Transmission Gully road has been talked about for decades. It's getting nearer, and we may yet get to traverse in before our earthly life ends. But even this week, the Greens were giving reasons why Transmission Guuly shouldn't be built.
We stopped in Levin for a bite to eat on Thursday night. We were more than two hours into the trip home, and had travelled less than half the distance. Let's just get this road built, and make Wellington more accessible.