State Highway 1 repair works update


The last phase of work to rebuild a section of SH1, between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki, damaged by ex-cyclone Gita in February will begin on Sunday March 11th.

The temporary concrete safety barriers installed immediately after the storm will be removed so that crews can access the area to repair the footpath and install a new permanent safety barrier.

The road will be open to two lanes from 5:30am to 7pm each day, with a temporary reduced speed limit of 50km/h in place for northbound traffic. From 7pm crews will begin setting up the work site for night operations, and the road will be down to one lane under stop go traffic control until 5:30am.

Once this work is complete, the footpath and cycleway will be open again. The safety barrier that was damaged in the storm will be replaced and speed limits along this stretch of SH1 will return to normal (80km/h).

"Apart from the final resurfacing of the road and footpath, the rest of the work is not weather dependent," NZTA’s Regional Transport Systems Manager Mark Owen says.

“Crews have been working since the storm, largely in the shoulder of the road, but this last phase of work may impact on people’s journeys both during the day and at night.”

“We’re aiming to have the work completed within the next 2 weeks so that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can have full access along this stretch of highway.”