Contractors are now clearing the major roadworks site on State Highway 59 north of Pukerua Bay ahead of its reopening on Thursday (15 September 2022) at 5.30 am.
The section of the state highway between Paekākāriki and Pukerua Bay has been closed since 19 August following a series of slips on the route.
Mark Owen, Regional Manager Wellington and Top of the South, says the slips were substantial. The slope’s stability posed a real risk, so it was decided it was best to do a long-term fix to give the highway maximum protection.
“The size and scope of this work have meant the closure has lasted weeks, not days. However, the earthworks that have been done, the new slope benching built, and other associated improvements mean this this stretch of State Highway 59 is much stronger and better protected for the future.”
Improvements at the slip zone saw:
Mr Owen says contractors have put in an immense effort to complete the job as quickly as they have.
“We appreciate the closure has been inconvenient for residents and road users. However, we took the opportunity to do extra road maintenance work in the closure zone. This will help reduce the amount of work needed in the area over the coming year.”
State Highway 59 will reopen to all traffic at 5.30 am on Thursday, 15 September. There will be a 50 km/h temporary speed limit in place, covering the slip site and an adjacent area where footpath repairs are being done. This work will continue in the area over the coming weeks.