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01/23/2018 07:00 PM
Major roadworks set to start on Rocks Road, Nelson, State Highway 6

Because these two projects are happening at the same time within a kilometre of each other to make the most of the summer construction period, road users in Nelson should be prepared and build in extra time for a slower than usual journey getting to the city and the port,” says Acting Transport System Manager for the Transport Agency, Steve Murrin.

Night times, 7 pm to 7 am, will be when traffic is slowed down most along Rocks Road.

Rocks Road highway resurfacing

Rocks Road, north of the Tahunanui retail area between Basin Reserve and Magazine Point, will be rebuilt and resurfaced. Work will be completed before Easter Weekend if the weather stays fine and dry.

Work includes improving drains and kerbs, and rebuilding and resurfacing the road surface. Additional work includes some seawall strengthening. The Rocks Road chain fence will not be affected.

Traffic management

During the day the highway will be two lanes at all times, with speed reduced to 30km/hour, but it will reduce to one lane over night with Stop/Go traffic management. “Crews will work six days a week, including between 7pm and 7 am, to reduce the time the work affects traffic flows on this busy route to Nelson’s CBD and the Port,” says Mr Murrin.

“While we do repair and resurfacing work across the highway network each summer, this project is significant because we have to totally rebuild the road and the associated services,” he says.

This sort of project only happens once every 15-20 years and is necessary because the existing road material/ pavement has lost its shape and strength.

“This work is part of the summer maintenance programme, designed to ensure a safe, quiet and well-maintained road surface. Work is expected to take seven weeks, weather permitting.”

Parking/cycleway/walkway access for Rocks Road resurfacing

  • There are two parking bays on the seaward side of Rocks Road which will not be available while this work is underway. The Basin Reserve carpark will also not be available for use. Most of this section of highway is already a “no parking” zone, both sides of the road.
  • No properties or businesses have access ways on this section of the highway, and there are no bus stops.
  • The cycle lanes will also be unavailable throughout, but the walkway will remain intact, except during underpinning of the seawall at Magazine Point.
  • Cyclists will need to walk their cycles along the walkway or cycle with the traffic in the centre of the lane. Given the reduced speed, drivers need to be patient with all other road users particularly cyclists while this work is underway.

Maitai to Rocks Road shared pathway

Later in February, work starts on the Maitai to Rocks Road Shared Pathway: a new three metre-wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. The project goes from the existing Maitai River shared path, along Queen Elizabeth II Drive, Haven Road and Wakefield Quay. Work involves constructing new shared paths, kerb, line markings, crossings, landscaping, street lighting and resurfacing of the intersections along Haven Road.

“Most of the work will be done during the day in the road shoulder, reducing the impact on traffic flows along this busy route,” says Mr Murrin. “We will have to close one lane and run Stop/Go traffic management for the resurfacing and lane marking work to be undertaken at night, but in the main, most of the work will be off the carriageway which will minimise the impact on road users.

“We appreciate that this road is a key route in and out of Nelson and we thank all drivers for being patient while it is underway. If people are able to use Waimea Road/ Rutherford St to get to and from the city, that may help while work is underway,” he says.

Work on the shared pathway is expected to be complete by the end of June, weather permitting.

Cycling advice Maitai River pathway to Rocks Road

As with the resurfacing works on Rocks Road, cyclists will need to cycle on the road way where crews are working, as the marked cycle lane will be closed while these works are underway. Experienced cyclists may choose to use the traffic lane, given the slower speed limit. Drivers are asked to take care around cyclists.

“Considerable planning has gone into the coordination of both works to ensure that they are happening in a way that minimises the impact on the community who live and work along this stretch of State Highway 6 and who use the road to get to work or for recreation,” says Mr Murrin. “This is especially important given the fact that the two project sites are located within one kilometre of each other. Both projects will be a great asset for our community and keep this important route safe and resilient for more people.”

Map of Maitai to Rocks Road shared path and highway resurfacing

Map of Maitai to Rocks Road shared path and highway resurfacing

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01/22/2018 07:30 PM
Kawarau Gorge Road, State Highway 6: reconstruction work to end of March

“Significant road maintenance work in the Kawarau Gorge will begin on Monday, which should be completed by the end of March,” says John Jarvis, Senior Network Manager, NZ Transport Agency. “People will need to build in some extra time for their journey to the end of March.”

The works include removing the safety barrier (guardrail) temporarily, drainage improvements and road widening to allow for 1.6 km of highway to be stabilised and resealed.

“We need to remove the safety barrier to allow for the stabilisation to be completed, so we would like to make everyone aware of this work, ask everyone to build in extra time and that people travel at the temporary speed limits for their own safety and the safety of others,” says Mr Jarvis.

The contracting team will aim to keep delays to under 20 minutes during peak hours.

The Transport Agency thanks everyone for their patience and for taking care while this important maintenance work is completed.

http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadworks/198592

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01/22/2018 06:00 PM
Expect delays and closures on part of SH1 Desert Road
Truck crash on Desert Road

The bridge was damaged by a truck crash in July 2017.

The repair work is expected to start on Thursday 25 January and should be completed in April. During this time road users can expect the bridge to be down to one lane, with some short closures of around 5 minutes. There will be a 30km/h limit in place. 

The full closures are projected to take place on 26 February and 14 March, weather permitting. Each closure is expected be from 7am for around 36 hours. The alternative route is State Highway 46, 47, 4, and 49.

This route is not suitable for vehicles over 44 tonnes, apart from 50MAX which is permitted. High productivity motor vehicles can use the SH3 and SH3A route between Hamilton and Bulls.
Vehicles with over-weight loads or over-dimension loads wider than 3.0 metres will not be able to use the Desert Road section of SH1 for the next few months as it will not be possible to cross the Waihohonu Bridge.

There will also be multiple maintenance work sites on the Desert Road during this period and there are delays possible at other sites.

NZ Transport Agency Waikato Transport System Manager, Karen Boyt, says people using the Desert Road should check before they travel.

“People can expect to experience some delays and should use our website or call us on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS before setting off on their journey.

“The two closures are required to pour the concrete deck. One side will be poured during one closure and the other will be for poured during the second closure.

“We understand the inconvenience this closure and the maintenance work may cause and we’d like to apologise in advance for any disruptions, however this is important work that needs to be completed,” Ms Boyt says.

The key traffic and travel source which provides up-to-date information on weather and road conditions nationwide is www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic. Important information is shared via the Transport Agency’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts listed here

Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide them with traffic and travel information either before they’re travelling or when they’re on the road.

Details of SH1 Desert Rd work

  • First closure at Waihohonu Bridge 26 February from 7am for around 36 hours, weather permitting.
  • Second closure at Waihohonu Bridge 14 March from 7am for around 36 hours, weather permitting.
  • The road will be down to one lane at Waihohonu Bridge and there will be several other maintenance work sites along the Desert Road during this time so people should expect delays when travelling between Waiouru and Turangi.
  • People should check the website or phone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS before travelling.
  • The alternative route is State Highway 46, 47, 4, and 49. The detour could add around 40 minutes to a journey. This route is not suitable for vehicles over 44 tonnes, apart from 50MAX which is permitted. High productivity motor vehicles can use the SH3 and SH3A route between Hamilton and Bulls.

01/22/2018 03:45 PM
Road layout change near Gordonton Road

Gordonton road layout aerialThe southbound access lane which takes SH1 traffic on to the Ngāruawāhia section will close to enable a full interchange to be constructed as part of the works on the Huntly section.

With the lane removed, traffic will need to use the roundabout above the expressway and take the on-ramp. The change will be signposted, and will add only a minute or two to journeys.

NZ Transport Agency Delivery Portfolio manager Peter Simcock says works are progressing well on the 15.2km Huntly section.

“The long dry spring and early summer has been great for earth-moving, and the project is on track for a 2020 opening,” Mr Simcock says.

Two of the nine bridges needed are now open to construction traffic and work is well under way on the other seven.

“Getting started on linking the two sections at Gordonton Road is a milestone for the project team.”

The Huntly section runs from the Ohinewai to the northern end of the Ngāruawāhia section of the Waikato Expressway. When completed it will take SH1 east of Huntly town and over the Taupiri Range.

When completed the expressway will improve safety, reliability and reduce travel times and congestion on State Highway 1 by delivering a four-lane highway from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. The expressway is being built in seven sections. 

 


01/18/2018 09:03 PM
Coromandel’s State Highway 25 expected to be back to two lanes early this year

SH25 CoromandelOver the next month the focus will be on repairing and strengthening the approximately 10km of sea protection wall that was damaged during the storm.

NZTA Waikato Transport System Manager, Karen Boyt, says the damage was extensive and requires a significant amount of work.

“It was an excellent result to have the road open to one lane so quickly after the storm for residents and people who want to visit the Coromandel. Now work needs to continue to get the road open to two lanes.

“Every effort has been made to ensure this section of State Highway 25 remains open while this repair work is carried out. But drivers should continue to check our website or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS before they travel and expect lengthy delays with stop/go traffic control and speed restrictions at a number of sites,” Ms Boyt says.

Once the work is complete in early to mid-March delays to travel on SH25 should be reduced, as more of the road will be returned to two lanes. The final stage of work during the remainder of March will involve rebuilding the road pavement and laying the road surface.

Over five tonnes will be unable to use SH25 between Te Puru  and Manaia until the repairs are finished. These vehicles will need to continue taking the alternative route via SH25A from Kopu and SH25 on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. 

While the road is being repaired the Transport Agency is also looking at what work can be done to make it more resilient to future storm events.

How to stay up to date:

  • A new webpage has been set up to provide travel information for the journey from Thames to Manaia www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/sh25
  • The key traffic and travel source which provides up-to-date information on weather and road conditions nationwide is www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic
  • Important information is also shared via the Transport Agency’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts listed here
  • Thames Coromandel District Council facebook updates here
  • Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide them with traffic and travel information either before they’re travelling or when they’re on the road.