SH2 Mohaka Ascent slow vehicle bay construction kicking into top gear


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is constructing a slow vehicle bay south of Raupunga, on the southbound lane of State Highway 2.

The slow vehicle bay will stretch 650 metres just after the Mohaka Rail Viaduct, about two kilometres from Raupunga.

Roading crews initially began work on the slow vehicle bay in September last year however Cyclone Gabrielle and the impact it had on SH2 and emergency works brought this to a halt.

Work completed to date includes the relocation of services that run through the site, the clearing of trees and drainage works. In preparation for the bay, around 39,000 cubic metres of material has been moved from site.

The current stage of works is being carried out off to the side of the state highway to minimise disruption to travellers, and people can expect a temporary speed restriction and traffic management in place.

Towards the end of the month, work will move to the state highway and stop/go traffic management will be in place. As details are confirmed, we will ensure these are communicated.

“We want to thank road users and communities for their patience while this work is carried out. We realise this temporarily adds to traffic management already along SH2, but we’re excited at the prospect of the outcome of this project – a passing opportunity through the steep and often windy stretch of this road,” says Waka Kotahi Project Manager Richard Bayley.

This project is funded by Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit and aims to provide more safe places to pass, more places to pull off the road to check messages or take a break on State Highways 2 and 35.

Visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for up-to-date information about the works.