Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the decision to appoint a Board of Inquiry to consider the Peka Peka to North Otaki expressway.
"The development of new roads in our region is racing ahead now, and this is another big step forward.
"This section of expressway will improve one of the worst traffic choke points in the lower North Island. It includes a new bridge over the Otaki bridge and will also have easy access in and out of the retail shopping hub.
"A Board of Inquiry means that everyone can have their say, and a decision will be reached in nine months. We've seen with Transmission Gully and the Kapiti expressway that this is an open, efficient and transparent process.
"The Levin to Wellington Airport Road of National Significance is a $2 billion project that will mean quicker, safer journeys and a real boost to local economic growth. It's great to see things moving quickly on this major project," says Mr Guy.