• 27 October 2021SH2 Waihī to Tauranga work continues
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty System Manager, Roger Brady, says Waka Kotahi is currently looking at multiple communications channels to ensure road users of this SH2 corridor are informed of delays in a way that best suits them.“As well as traditional media, we will be updating the SH2 Waihī to Tauranga Corridor webpage and the SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa safety improvements webpage on a weekly basis with any traffic impacts and delays you may expect,” says Mr Brady.Waka Kotahi’s monthly corridor update will be out in the first week of November and will also contain information on wh …
  • 27 October 2021SH29 Kaimai Range partial overnight closure from Sunday 21 November
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that the duration of work will be from 8pm to 5.30am from Sunday to Friday and will be from the intersections with State Highway 24 and State Highway 28 at Te Poi on the Waikato side, through to the intersection of SH29 and Cambridge Road on the Bay of Plenty side.During the periods when SH29 is closed there will be two three and a half hour windows to allow for traffic to pass through in one direction only. The timetable for the works are: 8pm to 9pm – SH29 will be fully closed to all traffic while the site is being set up.  9pm to 12.30am – SH29 will b …
  • 27 October 2021Korero mai – have your say on Waikato Expressway speed limits
    The State Highway 1 Waikato Expressway is a key strategic transport corridor, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. It will improve economic growth and productivity through safer, more efficient movement of people and freight.The Waikato Expressway is nearing completion, with the Hamilton section scheduled to open in mid-2022.  Once complete, the Expressway will improve safety, reliability and congestion on SH1 by delivering a modern, safe four-lane highway from south of the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge.In late 2017, following consulta …
  • 26 October 2021Otira Gorge closure first week November, Rock Shelter remediation completion
    The Rock Shelter was inundated with shingle and slip material a week ago which overspilled onto the highway, closing the highway short-term. A helicopter was used to sluice the slip to make the highway temporarily safe and for SH73 to reopen.“Next week we will be undertaking high pressure sluicing of the built up material to clear the shelter roof,” says Moira Whinham, Maintenance Contract Manager for Waka Kotahi on the West Coast.“The work will be undertaken daily between 10 am and 3 pm.  SH73 between Greymouth and Christchurch is still accessible outside these times, so road users need to pl …
  • 26 October 2021Safer speeds for SH51 coming into effect this Friday
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency consulted with the public earlier this year on a proposal for new safer speed limits on this section of SH51, following calls from the community for speeds to be lowered and technical assessments of the road.“Our top priority is to improve safety on our roads so that everyone can get to where they’re going safely,” Director of Regional Relationships Linda Stewart says.“To save lives and reduce serious injuries, we need to tackle unsafe speeds. The speed limits on this section of State Highway 51 were not safe and appropriate for the road, even for the best drive …
  • 26 October 2021Nevis Bluff, SH6, spring 2021 programme – keeping people safe from bouncing rocks
    People who travel along State Highway 6 between Cromwell and Queenstown may spot activity above them on the rock faces that form the Nevis Bluff.“People need to factor in short delays, up to ten minutes at a time, weekdays, for around three weeks,” says Mark Stewart, Central Otago Maintenance Contract Manager for Waka Kotahi.The work will run for two weeks between 8am and 5pm from Monday, 1 November, to Friday, 12 November.“People stopped in their cars may be able to see abseilers inspecting and removing loose rock on the Nevis Bluff rock face,” says Mr Stewart. “We need to ensure the road bel …
  • 26 October 2021Upcoming night works ahead of Bay Link traffic switch
    A significant traffic switch near the Bayfair roundabout is scheduled to take place during the week commencing Sunday 7 November as part of the Bay Link project.The change in road layout, which is expected to be implemented overnight on Tuesday 9 November, will see the two northbound lanes of State Highway 2 (heading towards Mount Maunganui) move closer to Golf 360 and the two southbound lanes (heading towards Papamoa) move closer to the Bayfair Shopping Centre.There will be a series of night works beginning late-October to complete the necessary preparation, the switch and the required follow …
  • 25 October 2021Lowering the carbon footprint of transport construction
    Penlink, a project to create a vital new transport connection in north Auckland, is the first Waka Kotahi project to use the new approach. Projects worth more than $100m will aim to reduce construction emissions by at least 10%, with suppliers encouraged to look for ways to make even greater reductions to carbon.National Manager Infrastructure Delivery Mark Kinvig says Waka Kotahi has a vision for a low carbon, safe and healthy transport system.“This will be challenging to achieve and we’re at the start of the journey. One of the areas where Waka Kotahi can quickly start to tackle carbon emiss …
  • 25 October 2021King Edward Street closure for Motueka, November into December
     As Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency moves to the next two stages of the High St/SH60 roundabout construction, teams will be moving across the road to build the western half of the roundabout near the Clock Tower and Department of Conservation building.“The first stage of construction, building the eastern half of the roundabout, at the Old Wharf Road, King Edward Street, and High Street intersection has gone very well,” says Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships, Emma Speight.“We did look at keeping King Edward Street open during the next two stages, but to keep our crew and the publi …
  • 25 October 2021Release of preferred programme: Nelson Future Access
    The Nelson Future Access (NFA) preferred programme has been released as part of council agenda papers this week, ahead of Council’s 28 October 2021 meeting. The programme is designed to roll out over 30 years. If endorsed, it will assist the region to apply for funding that will increase the availability of attractive walking and cycling paths and public transport options close to urban areas, support reliable journeys and economic development and improve safety, says Ms Speight. When compared with the status quo of no new investment in the transport network, the programme recommends infrastru …