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08/21/2017 09:28 PM
Allow for longer journey times on State Highway 58 this weekend

The work was scheduled for earlier this month but was postponed because of a poor weather forecast.

Significant delays are likely while work is carried out between 7pm on Friday August 25 and 7pm Sunday August 27.

Stop-go traffic management will be in place between Hugh Duncan St and SH 2.

Wellington Transport System Manager, Mark Owen says the work is needed to construct the new road alignment that will connect State Highway 58 and State Highway 2 at the interchange. Once completed, the route will be safer, smoother and more resilient.

“We try to minimise delays to traffic where we can, however it is unavoidable due to the reconstruction of the existing road, and we need to finish this work as quickly as possible.  We are encouraging people to use an alternative route if at all possible over the weekend, as there could be significant delays with SH 58 down to one lane, while crews are working. Please bear with us while we get it finished, and then we can all look forward to enjoying the benefits of this new infrastructure.” 

Crews will be working day and night with stop/go traffic management in place at all times. The work is weather dependent, so please keep an eye on the NZTA Twitter and Facebook pages, and pay attention to the electronic message boards in the area. “If wet weather strikes we will reschedule the work to a weekend when fine weather is forecast.”


08/21/2017 05:43 PM
Closure of the State Highway 20 (SH20) Queenstown Road Southbound On Ramp and Neilson Street Southbound Off Ramp, tonight, Tuesday 22 August 2017

The work will be carried out between 9pm and 5am when traffic flows are lightest. 

These guardrails were damaged over the weekend and the repairs now need to be carried out urgently.

A signposted detour will be in place and drivers are asked to follow the signposted routes while work is being carried out to ensure that this section of the motorway is safe.

The Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience during this essential work and asks motorists to take extra care while this urgent repair work is carried out.If you are travelling within south-east Auckland, tune your car radio to 102.2 OnRoute FM for travel information when on the move, or for more information go to www.nzta.govt.nz/OnRouteFM

Updates on state highway conditions and hazards and get free email alerts on a specific route by signing up to www.onthemove.govt.nz

Auckland roads and public transport: www.at.govt.nz


08/21/2017 12:36 AM
A full day’s detour Spring Creek roundabout, Marlborough, Wednesday 23 August, one way traffic Thursday

“This closure will allow our contractor to place the final asphalt surfacing layer and is the last significant piece of construction work before traffic can travel around the completed roundabout,” says Frank Porter, Transport System Manager for the Transport Agency.

A further single lane closure for east-bound traffic on Rapaura Road between SH1 and Murrays Road is proposed on Thursday.  If the weather turns wet, this work will be pushed out to the next dry day.

Heavy and extra-long vehicle drivers need to note the issues around the detour route in each direction (see map below referring to permit holders). Detours will be well marked for all drivers.

“Thanks to all drivers and residents for your patience with this major safety project and the delays this detour will involve,” says Mr Porter.

Visit the Spring Creek safety improvements project page for more information.


08/20/2017 07:49 PM
More consistent speed limits to improve safety through Kaiwaka

Following support and positive public feedback and consultation the NZ Transport Agency is introducing more consistent speed limits, which means there will be lower limits over a greater stretch of the highway.

“By introducing just one speed limit that is clearly signposted and doesn’t change part way through the township, it’s anticipated that motorists will understand what’s expected of them and are more likely to drive within the limits,” says Brett Gliddon, the Transport Agency’s System Design Manager.

From later this month there will be a new 60km an hour speed limit from 285 metres northwest of Kaiwaka/Mangawhai Road to 300 metres south of Settlement Road.

This means the current 100km an hour speed limit will be lowered to 60km an hour over a length of 215 metres from the south side of the bridge to the north side of the bridge at the northern end of the township, and the current section of the road with a 70km an hour speed limit will also be reduced to 60km an hour. The area that is currently 50km an hour will rise to 60km. This will help match the speed limits better with the urban boundaries of the township.

Following this change in speed limit a number of other improvements are being planned in the next few months.

Large signs and road markings will be installed on the road and roadsides at both ends of the town.

“Along with an electronic display this will help clearly signal and reinforce the drop in speed from 100km an hour to 60km. Further signs will be installed every 500 metres to reinforce the reduced speed limit,” says Brett Gliddon.

A pedestrian refuge is also being built near the Italian Bakery to improve safety for pedestrians.

“We know that reducing speeds and improving safety is a top priority for the Kaiwaka community and the Transport Agency believes these changes will encourage motorists to drop their speeds.”

“This will create a better balance in helping freight and commuter vehicles travel safely and efficiently through Kaiwaka without compromising the safety and amenity of local residents and will help enhance and support the goals of the Kaiwaka Township Improvement Plan.”

“Encouraging safer speeds and reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads is a top priority for the Transport Agency and in many cases the consequences of a crash can be significantly reduced or even completely avoided if drivers reduce their speeds.”

 


08/20/2017 07:13 PM
Ō2NL engagement results

The Ō2NL section of the Wellington Northern Corridor aims to provide a modern and safe state highway network to cope with growth in traffic volumes and enhance economic growth and productivity.

The Transport Agency has been analysing the results of the engagement which took place from May to July this year, during which over 1,670 people attended a wide range of community events.

“The events drew a great response from people interested in the project,” says Emma Speight, Director of Regional Relationships ( Lower North Island).

We focused engagement on understanding the community’s interests, values and aspirations as well as the project’s objectives and opportunities.

We’ve compiled a report summarising the engagement process so far and the feedback we got.

“Among the suggestions were ideas about whether a new state highway route should go to the east or the west of Levin, with strong support for a bypass to ease congestion and remove heavy vehicles from the centre of town.”

“People also pointed out to us some of the unique features of the Horowhenua District that they think should be protected such as highly productive soils, the special character of villages, marae, rural lifestyle zones and heritage buildings.”

The spiritual and visual connection between Lake Horowhenua and the Tararua Ranges was also highlighted.

“We also got a lot of feedback about the safety improvements we’ve made in recent years, such as lowering of speed limits and other safety features around Manakau and Ōhau, and we also heard your concerns about dangerous intersections, narrow bridges and a lack of safe passing opportunities on the existing state highway 1 route,” says Ms Speight.

“We received 217 feedback forms and people put 553 pins and stickers on our maps to tell us their thoughts and opinions about what is important to them and the community. Overall we received almost 900 pieces of feedback from a variety of channels which is a fantastic response.”

“We’ve also been talking to stakeholders including previously contacted landowners, people who live along the network, iwi, road users, community and residential groups, local authorities and road users.”

This feedback will be used along with our technical work to develop one or more alignment options.

We plan to come back to the public in late 2017 to show the results of this work, and seek further feedback. This will form the basis of a recommended option we will take to the Transport Agency Board for endorsement in early 2018.

We’ve also set up a project reference group to continue discussions with the community through the next stages of Ō2NL.

Visit the Ō2NL project page for more information.