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SH2 Cornish Street intersection closing to improve safety

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Hutt City Council have agreed to close access to Cornish Street in Petone from SH2 to improve the safety of the area.

“As part of Road to Zero safety strategy, we are progressively making improvements to improve safety for everyone using State Highway 2 safer through the Hutt Valley, ranging from shorter term small changes to longer term larger scale improvements,” says Waka Kotahi Regional Manager Maintenance and Operations, Mark Owen.

“The Cornish Street access is hidden around a corner after the Petone offramp, and has only a short, narrow turning lane. In 2021, a driver used the access to join the highway in the wrong direction, towards Wellington, ending in a fatal crash. By changing the road layout we can prevent it happening again,” says Mark Owen.

Access to businesses, and to the Cornish Street gate of Belmont Regional Park will be available via Priests Avenue, 500m further north on SH2.

The decision to close the access follows discussion with local businesses. Access will be closed from 19 April 2022. An interim closure will be put in place at first, with permanent safety barriers installed at a later date.

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