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 links to Melling Railway Station. The investigation work will identify several options for the upgrade of SH2 between Melling and Haywards interchange which will be presented for public consultation later in 2010.
NZTA is working closely with both Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council on this investigation.