We completed road widening and installed roadside barriers on Section 1A between SH2 / Wainui Road Intersection and SH2/Ōhiwa Beach Road Intersection.
Our construction crew completed the safety improvements at the Rankin Road/SH2 intersection. This work included widening the road shoulders, installing side safety barriers, and improving the curve in the road to make it easier and safer to navigate.
We also completed service investigations and relocations through the Pōhutukawa tunnels and from the surf club through to Ōpōtiki, in preparation for the shoulder widening and roadside barriers installation along these sections.
The site (Section 1A) between the SH2 and Wainui Road intersection, Matekerepu and and Ōhiwa Beach Road, at Lysaghts bridge, was also completed.
Work on the remaining sections from Waiotahe Valley Back Road to Woodlands Road (1C) is nearing completion.with final line marking and signage due to be completed in December 2023. Works were similar to Section 1A, with shoulder widening and roadside barriers at high-risk locations. This included new roadside barriers through the Pōhutukawa tunnels, as shown by our artists impression below and photos of the completed work in our gallery.
The completion of the section from Te Ahiaua Reserve Campsite to Paerata Ridge Road, and from Waiotahe Drifts Boulevard to the Kukumoa Cutting is a great milestone. It has seen the installation of more than 4.1km of side barriers consisting of 1.4km of wire rope barriers and 2.7km of W-section barriers (commonly referred to as guardrails).
We have also worked with the local maintenance team to get a fresh chip seal on the roads at the same time as the barriers were installed. We expect to have clear line marking in place before Christmas.
What's happening now?
We’re still finalising the tear drop arrangement at Waiotahe Valley Back Road and Ōhiwa Beach Road intersections, and working with landowners.
The ‘teardrop’ arrangement slows vehicle speeds who are approaching these intersections, making it safer and easier for drivers to turn in and out of the side roads.
Careful management of the projects completed to date has meant that we have the budget and resources to extend the installation of side barriers on the section from Kukumoa Cutting to Bairds Road. This section has seen too many crashes, and it is also timely with the installation of a cycleway alongside SH2 by Ōpōtiki District Council.
Work is now underway to get more than 900meters of side barriers installed on either side of the road ahead of Christmas.
We’ll keep you posted as to any further safety improvements required to support the planned marina.