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Ōhinewai lighting upgrade safety works starts tonight


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging motorists to take extra care when using the northbound lane on State Highway 1 (SH1) south of Rangiriri interchange to south of the Ōhinewai interchange (including off and on-ramps), as the lane will be without expressway lighting from tonight (Wednesday 19 January 2022) through to March while work continues on upgrading the state highway.

To make this section of SH1 safer and more consistent with the rest of the SH1 Waikato Expressway, Waka Kotahi is installing roadside barriers to prevent people from running off the road. The roadside lights need to be repositioned to provide room for the new barriers to be installed.

From Wednesday 19 January 2022 until March, crews will be on-site removing existing lights and installing new ones along the southbound section.

While two-way traffic will be maintained, lane restrictions and shoulder closures will be in place while this work is underway between 7am and 7pm each day.

Motorists are urged to take care while driving through the site, and to comply with the temporary speed limit of 70km/h which will be in place to ensure the safety of road users and road workers.

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