SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa Safety Project - What’s happening?
Improving safety on New Zealand roads is a priority for Waka Kotahi. Road to Zero 2020-2030, New Zealand’s road safety strategy, tells us what New Zealand needs to do to make improvements in road safety. It sets us on a path to achieve Vision Zero, a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.
To enable this vision, we are investing $101m into the SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa safety improvements project.
We are currently more than halfway through these works and on budget. While we have some materials supply delays due to the worldwide impacts of COVID-19, we are on track to complete the project in 2024.
Section 4: Athenree Road to Tanners Point Road
You will see earthworks, drainage, service relocations and the construction of kerb, channels and pavement when driving through this section of works. This is expected to continue for the next few months.
We are also continuing construction of several retaining walls along this section. To date, we have completed four walls, one is under construction and another two are yet to be started.
The construction team are doing all they can to keep two lanes of traffic open at all times, but at times retaining wall construction will require single lane closure to allow our work crews to carry out construction safely and efficiently.
Section 5: Tanners Point Road to Kauri Point Road
The relocation of power and watermains are near completion and we expect the connections to be finalised late November. Once this is complete, there won’t be much work to see in this section until early to mid-2022, when we will start construction of a retaining wall here. If delays with materials occur on other sections of the project, you may see us back here earlier.
Section 7: Wharawhara Road to Sharp Road
Early works for a roundabout at the Rea Road/Tetley Road intersection are underway. A roundabout at this intersection is part of the original safety works and fits into future safety works, pending approvals and funding.
Work here is expected to take several months as there are several power relocations to be undertaken, each coordinated with the earthworks. The planned works for this year are mostly out of the traffic lanes, thus not impacting traffic greatly until early-2022.
Section 8: Sharp Road to Sargent Drive
Work will continue between Lund Road and Wright Road over the coming months where you can expect to see road widening, earthworks, drainage and service relocations.
Our maintenance teams are also carrying out full width pavement rehabilitation works in the Thompsons Track area, south of Forta Leza, scheduled to start Monday 15 November. This work is expected to take several weeks and, although our contractor will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum, Stop/Go operations are required.
Section 10B & 11: Near Apata Rail Bridge to the Waipapa Stream Bridge
To complete this section, we will be relocating overhead powerlines and construct retaining walls. Unfortunately, due to the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the construction industry, we continue to experience the delays in obtaining the materials needed to continue this work. At this stage we are not expecting these materials to be available until April 2022.
We will be undertaking similar rehabilitation works in the Sargent Road area in February 2022.
The above work is expected to have a significant effect on traffic, so please allow extra travel time, watch for traffic layout changes and follow the temporary speed limits and direction of the traffic control teams.