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Overnight closures on SH2 Karangahake Gorge next week

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises State Highway 2 Karangahake Gorge will be closed between 8pm and 5am on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February for slip repair works east of Karangahake Village.

Stop/Go traffic management will be in place between School Road, Karangahake Village and Waitawheta Road, Waikino overnight for further works on the slip repair site on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February.

Signage and cordons will be in place between Paeroa and Waihī.

Acting Waikato Transport System Manager Rob Campbell says detours for this route are significant and encourages motorists to plan their travel for outside closure times, where possible.

“The southbound detour takes motorists south on SH2 from Waihī to Tauranga, then onto State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Range, State Highway 24 to Matamata, State Highway 27 to Tatuanui and State Highway 26 to Paeroa. Motorists travelling from Paeroa take the same route, in the opposite direction.

“Northbound, motorists travelling from Waihī should take State Highway 25, turning onto State Highway 25A (Kōpū-Hikuai Road) and then State Highway 26 between Kōpū and Paeroa, with motorists travelling from Paeroa taking the same route, in reverse.”

Karangahake Gorge is likely to be closed for a further two nights later in February for road resurfacing.

These works form part of the Transport Agency’s largest maintenance programme for the past decade.

The Transport Agency thanks motorists for their patience.

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