A new surface for Vivian Street


The NZ Transport Agency is giving Vivian Street in Wellington a new asphalt surface to provide a quieter and more resilient road to cope with the 20,000-plus vehicles using it every day.

Night works during the two weeks from Tuesday 25 October will resurface most of the State Highway 1 road over a one-kilometre length from Willis Street to Cambridge Terrace.

The new road surface will be laid in all lanes along the one-way, southbound road. Work is expected to finish by mid-November, though weather and other factors have the potential to cause delays.

Parts of Vivian Street will be closed to traffic as work progresses and the southbound lanes in the Terrace Tunnel will close when works are at the Willis and Victoria Streets end. Electronic signage on the motorway and in central Wellington will advise drivers of the closures and detour routes.

The Transport Agency advises drivers to be alert to the signposted detours as routes will change, depending on which section is being worked on.

 “Working along this busy street means we need to balance the potential disruption to 20,000-plus drivers each day against the need to minimise noise and disruption for residents and businesses,” NZ Transport Agency Regional Performance Manager Mark Owen says.

“To get this essential work done quickly, we will be working at night and, though roadworks can be noisy, we will aim to keep noise to a minimum. As we are working across all lanes, we have no choice but to close sections of the road to traffic as work progresses. We are working with Wellington City Council, Police and other emergency services to ensure that detour routes are clearly marked.

“Residents and businesses affected by the street closures should talk to our road crew who will help with access. Our traffic controllers will be on duty throughout the worksite and will manage foot, cycle and vehicle traffic past the site and at intersections where the traffic signals are temporarily out of action.”

Works will take place between 7:00pm and 5:30am on Sundays to Thursdays. No work is done on Friday or Saturday nights.