An update on our intersection safety improvements
Timing has changed for some of our SH2 safety improvements, between Ngāūranga to Upper Hutt, at Moonshine Hill Road, Owen Street, Hebden Crescent and Liverton Road. So, it’s time for a quick refresh on what’s happening and when.
What’s happened so far?
In 2021 we carried out feasibility design work for physical safety improvements on 14 intersections along 25km of SH2 from Ngāūranga to Upper Hutt (excluding Melling Interchange, which is a separate project). This was about gathering information and determining the best proposed safety improvements.
As part of this phase, we engaged with key stakeholders that have an interest in the road corridor to provide feedback on the options. Full details of the stakeholders involved are included in our engagement report.
The project team produced a Feasibility Design Report at the end of this stage (Feb 2022) and decision makers agreed to take a staged approach to this work, with the first stage to include an initial four intersections – Moonshine Hill Road, Owen Street, Hebden Crescent and Liverton Road. These four intersections have been identified as high-risk for death and serious injury. They have unsafe layouts not suitable for high-speed and high-volume traffic, including the potential for serious side-impact crashes.
In late 2022, we let residents, businesses and key stakeholders know about the decision to move forward with these intersections.
What’s happening now?
We’re working on the designs for these safety improvements before we move to construction. This is taking a little longer than expected, so we’ll be looking to start in the next summer construction season from November 2023.
Construction scheduling and scope is being worked on, and we’ll let you know more as soon as we have the info.
We’ll be taking a staged approach to the proposed upgrades to minimise the construction impacts on traffic and neighbourhoods.
If you’re interested to know more about what’s happening at each intersection, please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/sh2n2f