Story: Roads

Johnsonville motorway

Johnsonville motorway

Motorways – roads within urban areas that were to be used only by motor vehicles – were first allowed for by legislation in 1947. This section of motorway, which is State Highway One near Johnsonville, Wellington, was the first part of a new kind of road that became increasingly common in New Zealand cities from the 1950s.

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Centralised road funding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016