• 28 July 2021Porter River Bridge, Arthur’s Pass route, SH73 – openings on the hour overnight next week
    The work will take place at night to avoid most daytime travellers – 7pm to 5am the next day, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.Road users will be allowed across the single lane bridge at the top of each hour.The work is needed as a result of the late May/early June heavy rainfall and high river flow which damaged the bridge’s approaches and guardrail, says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester.“Crews worked swiftly to reopen the Arthur’s Pass/SH73 route at the time, rebuilding the approaches on each side and now the permanent guardrail is ready to be installed.“Thanks to all road us …
  • 27 July 2021SH1 Waikato Expressway safety works start next month with overnight closures of the southbound lane
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery Jo Wilton says the southbound lane of SH1 needs to be closed to enable the temporary steel barriers to be installed. The closure will not affect northbound traffic.“The temporary steel barriers provide a safe work area, protecting construction workers from live traffic while they upgrade the state highway.“We’re upgrading this section by installing roadside barriers, so it’s safer and more consistent with the rest of the Expressway. While the team is on the ground doing the work, we need to ensure they have a safe work en …
  • 27 July 2021Ashburton River/ Hakatere Bridge, SH1, repairs starting overnight next week, Monday, weather dependent
    However, this work will continue next* week, early August, weather dependent.One of the bridge’s piers settled slightly in the high rainfall flood and bank to bank river flows at the end of May/ early June. This required a day’s closure while it was assessed and tested with heavy loads. Subsequently the bridge reopened to all traffic.“Given the current river flows, our repair crew cannot get close enough to the damaged pier. However, we are working to divert the main flow away from this pier this week,” says John Keenan, Waka Kotahi Maintenance Contract Manager, South and Mid Canterbury.“Monda …
  • 26 July 2021SH60 Takaka Hill road closed due to slip – 9.45pm update
    9.45pm updateThe slip on Tākaka Hill has been cleared and the road is now OPEN.Contractors are on-site working to clear the slip and re-open the road as soon as possible.Waka Kotahi is aiming to re-open the road later this evening. The status of the road will be updated regularly at journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic Drivers are advised to delay travel until the road re-opens as there is no detour in place.  Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date with: Traffic updates: journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic Facebook: facebook.com/NZTAsouthisland Twitter Top of the South: twitter.com/WakaK …
  • 26 July 2021Check your load before you hit the road
    “On both occasions warning signs were illuminated, but the vehicles didn’t reduce their speed, striking the bridge at speeds up to 100km an hour. It’s fortunate that nobody was hurt,” says Waka Kotahi Auckland Systems Manager Andrea Williamson.Visible damage was immediately identified by responding crews, with a structural inspection and emergency works carried out to remove concrete debris from roadway. Maintenance to the collision protection beam was also needed to ensure full capacity of protection was restored.“There’s been a marked increase in the number and severity of incidents in the l …
  • 26 July 2021Wairarapa community to have their say on safer speeds for SH2
    The current speed limits on the road are being reviewed in an effort to save lives and prevent serious injuries along this section of highway. Alongside the speed review, Waka Kotahi has also designed new safety infrastructure improvements.“Everyone using our roads should get to where they’re going safely, whether they’re in a car or a bus, on a motorcycle or a bike, or on foot,” says Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight.“Between January 2010 and December 2019, four people lost their lives and 28 people were seriously injured on SH2 between Masterton and Featherston. The impact of t …
  • 26 July 2021Planned night closures on Brynderwyn Hill for maintenance works
    The work will be carried out one lane at a time between Artillery Road and SH12 intersection between 6:00pm and 6:00am finishing on Friday July 30.Stop/go traffic management will be in place and motorists are advised that delays are possible.The closures are required to carry out a range of maintenance tasks including road resurfacing and drainage.Please note this work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled.Road users are reminded to plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys on these nights.Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their cooperation and understanding while we carry out thi …
  • 26 July 2021Heavy rain for Coromandel and Bay of Plenty prompts call for motorists to take care
    Waikato motorists should also remain alert, with a Heavy Rain Watch in place.Waka Kotahi Regional Manager Maintenance and Operations Rob Campbell says motorists should expect the unexpected and remain alert. “Avoid unnecessary travel and take care. Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly and there is a chance we may need to close some roads.“Drive to the conditions and watch out for surface flooding, slips and fallen trees or branches. Check your intended route for hazards or disruptions before setting out, using the Waka Kotahi interactive Journey Planner website (journeys.nzt …
  • 23 July 2021SH2 Remutaka Hill closed Monday night for essential repairs
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that State Highway 2 Remutaka Hill will be closed overnight on Monday 26 July for essential repairs following the recent severe weather event.The road will be fully closed to traffic from 9pm on Monday 26 July until 4am on Tuesday 27 July, to allow contractors to safely complete repairs.The work will include removing slips, clearing culverts, replacing barriers and repairing the road.Closing the road to all traffic will create a safer environment for contractors to carry out this work and will minimise disruption to busier daytime traffic.C …
  • 23 July 2021Delays on SH1 north of Wellington
    A wastewater main has burst on SH1 near Whitford Brown and crews are onsite carrying out emergency repairs.This work requires one of the northbound lanes to be closed and will lead into peak traffic hours.Waka Kotahi anticipates that this will impact on evening traffic, with queues expected to start south of Porirua.Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to delay their journey or take an alternative route, if possible.Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date with: Traffic updates: nzta.govt.nz/traffic/wellington Facebook: facebook.com/nztawgtn Twitter: twitter.com/n …