The State Highway 2 off-ramp at Ngauranga, Wellington will be closed for resurfacing and new road marking on the night of Sunday 13 November, from 10pm until 5am Monday 14 November.
The work to resurface the off-ramp and Ngauranga underpass is being done in conjunction with improvements to the nearby cycle path.
The off-ramp closure is weather dependent as dry conditions are required for resurfacing. In the event of wet weather, resurfacing will be deferred to the following night.
During the off-ramp closure, State Highway 2 motorists heading for Ngauranga Gorge should continue into the city to the Hawkestone Street off-ramp then follow the detour signs to join northbound State Highway 1 traffic at the Tinakori Road on-ramp. The detour will add approximately 10 minutes to a journey.
Partial lane closures on the Ngauranga off-ramp will be required for two more nights to complete the work but it will be open to traffic. Motorists should follow the posted speed limit.
“We’ve timed this work to minimise disruption to road users,” NZ Transport Agency Wellington Highway Manager Neil Walker says. “The State Highway 2 resurfacing work was scheduled as part of the smart motorway project and we’ve held it back to coincide with improvements to the Ngauranga underpass as it’s a continuation of the same route.
“The Ngauranga underpass carries a lot of heavy traffic from Seaview and Horokiwi and we want to make it as safe as possible for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to travel through with wider lanes, a wider path, clear road markings and a smoother surface. The path will be widened to three metres inside the underpass,” Mr Walker says.
The upgrade of the adjoining 600 metre section of the cycle path that runs next to the State Highway 2 off-ramp is expected to continue until the end of December. The path will be newly sealed and widened to between three and five metres, with ample space for both cyclists and walkers.
“With KiwiRail’s co-operation we’ve been able to secure a safe, temporary route alongside the railway during the upgrade,” says Mr Walker. “We hope that these improvements will encourage people who cycle to use the cycle path instead of State Highway 2. We appreciate people’s patience while the work is being carried out.”