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SH1/SH3 Bulls to Sanson speed review project update
2 August 2023


Overnight stop/go traffic management for SH1/3 at Pukenui Road intersection next week

Road users are being reminded to expect delays when travelling through State Highway 1/3 outside RNZAF Base Ohakea during two nights of stop/go traffic management next week.

Two temporary roads have been constructed either side of the state highway ahead of a new permanent roundabout being constructed at the entrance to Pukenui Road, outside Base Ohakea.

During next week’s stop/go traffic management, one of the temporary roads will be surfaced. At the same time, a temporary roundabout will be constructed on SH1/3 so traffic can safely turn at this location.

The stop/go traffic management will be in place between 7pm on Wednesday 9 August and 5am Thursday 10 August. The same stop/go management will be in place again on Thursday night/Friday morning.

A temporary speed limit of 30km/h will also be in place during these times to keep road users and roadworkers safe.

The temporary road on the western side of the state highway is expected to open next Friday (11 August). This road will mostly be for traffic into and out of Base Ohakea. 

A second temporary road to the east of the state highway is expected to open in the coming weeks. We expect to finish construction of this second temporary road overnight on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August between 7pm and 5am each night.

Waka Kotahi advises motorists to expect delays of up to 10 minutes while the stop/go is in place.

We aim to keep traffic moving through both work sites as quickly as possible, however, please plan your travel accordingly, and check the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner for live updates:

The works are weather dependent and in the event of bad weather, they will be delayed until the next fine period.

About the project

The project will make this busy stretch of road between Bulls and Sanson safer for everyone who uses it. Find out more about this project on our Bulls to Sanson webpage here:

Once both the temporary roads are open, traffic will flow around the main construction site of the new permanent roundabout until the project wraps up in mid-2024.

We want to thank road users using this busy stretch of state highway for their patience while we make the area safer.