• 3 March 2021New Director of Land Transport to strengthen regulatory oversight
    Mr Patena’s appointment is for a period of 18 months and will take effect from 1 April 2021.“Kane has been an integral part of the journey we have been on over the past 18 months as we continue to lift our regulatory performance,” Sir Brian says.“Over the next 18 months he will build on the foundation he and his team have built and shape how the functions of the Director will be delivered.”Establishing the Director of Land Transport position is a legislative requirement under the Land Transport (NZTA) Legislation Amendment Act 2020. The Act provides the Director with certain functions, powers …
  • 3 March 20212.2km median barrier makes Dome Valley safer for all road users
    It follows the installation of an 800-metre wire rope barrier at the Warkworth end of the safety improvements project just before Christmas.The Dome Valley improvements are part of Waka Kotahi’s commitment to help deliver Road to Zero, the government’s road safety strategy for 2020-2030, which aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 40 percent over the next 10 years. The new barrier will be installed in the road centre line south of Wayby Valley Road, from 70m south of Hoteo River Bridge to 100m north of Waitaraire Bridge.“The barrier will make a real and immediate safety di …
  • 3 March 2021Strengthening works to get underway on Omoko Bridge SH2 Waioeka Gorge
    Omoko Bridge is the second of six bridges to be strengthened as part of the SH2 Waioeka gorge HPMV bridge strengthening project, after Aro Aro Bridge was strengthened in early 2020.There will be a lane closure under Stop/Go traffic management, with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place, from Monday 8 to Friday 12 March between the hours of 6am and 7pm.Motorists should expect delays of 5-10 minutes during these hours. Over dimension vehicles may be delayed by up to 20 minutes while equipment is moved to allow them past.The route will be closed to vehicles heavier than high productivity motor …
  • 3 March 2021Delays expected on SH35 tomorrow
    A 30km/h temporary speed limit will be in place with Stop/Go traffic management. Due to road width constraints, short full closures will be in place in both directions at times. Delays of up to 20 minutes are expected.These works are part of the Waka Kotahi spring/summer road maintenance programme, which will see repairs and reseals on state highways across the Bay of Plenty.There will be works at multiple locations around Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki districts over the next two weeks.In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kota …
  • 3 March 2021Way forward for Let's Get Wellington Moving
    The renewed focus on projects which can get underway soonest, as well as improvements to management and governance structures, will ensure that the programme is set up to deliver the transport and urban development outcomes Wellington needs.The Let’s Get Wellington Moving funding partners met yesterday with Minister of Transport Hon Michael Wood, to provide an update on the next steps for the programme in response to the findings of the independent health check they instigated to assess the programme’s progress.“We had a positive meeting and are pleased to be able to agree on our priorities fo …
  • 2 March 2021SH2 tree felling works at Whakamarama this weekend
    These works will be undertaken on Saturday 6 March between 7am and 1pm. Works are being carried out on the weekend to minimise the impacts on traffic.Stop/Go traffic management will be in place with a 30km/h temporary speed limit. Minor delays are expected and our contractors will be actively working to minimise these as much as possible.Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signage.In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for the late …
  • 2 March 2021SH27 nightworks outside Matamata College this week
    Work will take place overnight between Matamata College and Burwood Road. Stop/Go traffic management will be in place with a temporary speed limit of 30km/h. For a period of at least 24 hours after a site has been sealed, and before it is swept, it continues to operate under a reduced temporary speed limit while we allow vehicles to travel over the seal and help to bed in the chip and to reduce the risk of chip damaging windscreens. Following this, the site is swept, excess chip is removed and the temporary speed limit remains in place until line marking has been reinstated (within 48 hours of …
  • 1 March 2021Eastern Bay of Plenty reseal sites for the coming week
    These works are part of the Waka Kotahi spring/summer road maintenance programme, which will see repairs and resurfacing on state highways across the Bay of Plenty to ensure the safety and resilience of the state highway network. Warmer spring and summer months are the best time for resurfacing as daylight hours are longer and the warm temperatures and dry air help the new seal stick to the road surface.Works will be undertaken during the day in the following areas over the next week: State Highway 2 – Matata to Edgecumbe State Highway 2 – Taneatua State Highway 5 – Tumunui State Highway 30 – …
  • 1 March 2021Waka Kotahi says no immediate plans for Auckland Harbour Bridge vehicle restrictions
    If and when they are required at some time in the future, the restrictions will apply to heavy vehicles rather than general traffic, says Waka Kotahi General Manager Transport Services, Brett Gliddon.Waka Kotahi remains committed to managing the main structure and extension clip-on bridges so that it continues to provide the connectivity needed to cater for all vehicles crossing the harbour. “Our programme of ongoing monitoring, maintenance, upgrades and load management means the bridge is able to operate indefinitely as a key strategic asset in the Auckland network.”“While careful and ongoing …
  • 1 March 2021SH2 safety improvements commencing near Ōpōtiki
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises the contract to complete the first 8 km section of the SH2 Wainui Road to Ōpōtiki Safety Improvements project has been awarded to Splice Construction, with contractors setting up on site last week.Construction will begin between the SH2 intersection with Wainui Road and the SH2 intersection with Ōhiwa Beach Road. Work is expected to take four months to complete.Waka Kotahi Director Regional Relationships David Speirs says the project will make this important stretch of state highway safer for all.“It’s fantastic to be starting construction on the first s …