SH2 Devil’s Elbow closure to complete road repair works hampered by weather


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is asking people to plan ahead for a road closure between McIntyers Access Road and Aropaoanui Road on State Highway 2, north of Napier, between 7am and 6pm this Saturday (5 March).

This closure will allow contractors to complete road repair works that were unable to be finished during the previous closure on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February, due to significant bad weather.

Despite the poor weather, a large amount of work was able to be completed, including resealing Waikari River Bridge and Devil's Elbow, as well as a number of routine maintenance jobs such as repairing potholes, replacing edge marker posts, litter collection and cleaning and maintenance of signs.

Unfortunately the poor weather during the initial closure did not allow our contractors to complete the second section of the Devil's Elbow ascent, which is what they will be doing during the closure on Saturday.

As there is no suitable detour, motorists are asked to plan ahead and schedule their travel for outside the closure period.

In the case of poor weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may need to be postponed. People are advised to visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website ( link)) or Central North Island social media pages for up to date information on the works.

Waka Kotahi thanks everyone for their patience while we undertake these important works.

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