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Saddle Road closures in April and May for essential repairs


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising that Saddle Road will be closing for essential pavement repairs and maintenance works at various times from 18 April to 14 May.

egional Transport Systems Manager Ross I’Anson says the work will significantly improve the condition and safety of the road.

“The narrow, steep and windy road is difficult to maintain and is a challenging environment to work on with the increased volumes of traffic since the Manawatu Gorge closure, so full closures are needed to ensure our crews have enough time to complete the work safely and to a high standard.”

Subject to weather, the closures are scheduled for:

  • Sunday 18 – Thursday 22 April (five night-time closures)

    Night: 6pm-6am

  • Monday 26 April (one night-time closure on Anzac Day)

    Night: 6pm-6am

  • Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 April (four day-time and night-time closures)

    Day: 9am-4pm
    Night: 6pm-6am

  • Monday 3 – Friday 7 May (five day-time closures)  

    Day: 9am-2:30pm

  • Monday 10 – Friday 14 May (five day-time closures)

    Day: 9am-2:30pm

“These times have been selected to minimise disruption to road users as much as possible while balancing the amount of work that needs to be completed,” Mr I’Anson says.

“We know the closures will cause some disruption and inconvenience to motorists, so we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to make the road safer.”

Detours are via the Pahiatua Track. The Saddle Road will be open to residents, Te Ahu A Turanga project teams and for emergency access at all times.

People should also be aware that wind turbine blades are being transported from Rangitikei Street Palmerston North every night starting 10pm to the Turitea wind farm via the Pahiatua Track, from Sunday 11 April ongoing (weather dependent). Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journey and to be prepared for delays of up to 20 minutes over Pahiatua Track.

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