Even during the coldest weeks maintenance and some construction activities continue across the Waikato & Bay of Plenty region, ensuring the state highway network across the region remains safe and accessible, and major projects march on.
Highways South, the highway maintenance contractor for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in Southland, is reminding farmers to keep their livestock secure on the two-year anniversary of a traumatic crash with a cow which almost cost a local man his life.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday 19 August 2022 Please note this Traffic Bulletin is updated every Friday.
Work on Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass is pressing ahead with the construction of a safer, more resilient route between Taranaki and the Waikato alongside significant biodiversity enhancement in the surrounding area, for decades to come.
From Wednesday 10 August traffic travelling on SH3 will be switched to run on the northbound lane 400 metres from the Princess Street intersection at Waitara, in order to allow crews to install a new stormwater pipe under the road as part of the Te Ara Tūtohu: SH3 Waitara to Bell Block safety improvement project.
Road crews have managed to clear treefalls, slips, and debris that had forced the closure of this road overnight and today. This involved significant effort as not only did fallen trees have to be removed but so too did those at risk of falling onto the road.
The route between Blenheim and Nelson remains closed today. Contractors are working to clear slips and tree falls on Whangamoa Hill. Atrocious weather conditions meant it was unsafe to do this work overnight.
Work will get underway next week on the construction of a new slow vehicle bay on State Highway 2, as part of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency's work to provide more passing opportunities between Napier and Wairoa.