State Highway 2 connects Wellington from Ngauranga Gorge with Lower Hutt and beyond through Upper Hutt to Masterton and routes to Hawke’s Bay. It is a strategically important route between the capital and Hawke’s Bay and is the only road route between the capital and the Wairarapa The recently completed Dowse to Petone project has delivered high quality interchanges at Dowse and Korokoro to eliminate at-grade signalised intersections, and this project aims to achieve a similar high standard of interchange.
- More consistent journey times
- Reduced congestion
- Improved safety
- Better connections between Western Hills Suburbs and Hutt CBD
- Achieving a more consistent State Highway route between Dowse and Haywards
The improvements under investigation will form an important part of the strategy for SH2 which involves reducing at grade accesses and providing grade separated intersections between Ngauranga and Haywards. As part of this work, connections between the Western Hills suburbs and Hutt Valley will be retained and improved. The improvements to the road will have safety and efficiency benefits for both vehicular traffic and pedestrians and cyclists. The project also aims to improve traffic flows and safety for the Melling and Block intersections, as well as for the whole of the State Highway 2 corridor from Melling to Haywards.
NZTA is also working with Hutt City Council to make the local network work better. We want to find the right solution that will give motorists across the entire network a better journey, and we want to do this as soon as possible. We expect to receive a report back on options for the Melling and Block intersections late this year. Improvements at the Melling and Block intersections will need to work in with improvements across the wider network, so the NZTA will need to look carefully at the best solutions overall. We expect to be able to announce the options for these intersections in early 2014.
NZTA is working closely with both Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council on this investigation.