Night time closures planned for SH2 at Otoko for resurfacing


A stretch of State Highway 2 at Otoko will be closing for 3 nights later this month, with nightly convoys available for motorists.

The road will close on Monday 19, Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 of February for resurfacing.

The road will close each night at 8pm and reopen at 5am each day in time for early morning traffic to pass through.

An overnight closure is needed for the work to ensure the safety of workers using the machinery as this stretch of road is narrow and windy.

The resurfacing at Otoko also follows on from last year’s resurfacing work on SH2 north of Gisborne.

To minimise disruption, two nightly convoys will be in place to safely guide vehicles through the worksite in both directions.

Road users will be asked to be at the closure points at Whatatutu Road by 10.15pm and 1.15am, for northbound travellers, and Matawai Village at 10.30pm and 1.30pm for southbound travellers, and wait for the pilot vehicle to guide them through.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the worksite and the narrow space available, over-dimensional vehicles won’t be able to be convoyed through.

This overnight work is weather dependent and NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi advises all road users to regularly check our interactive Journey Planner for up to date, daily information. If the wet weather delays work at any stage, the road will be open that night.