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February road works on SH1 East Taupō Arterial


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists of upcoming road works on the East Taupō Arterial, SH1.

SH1 pavement rehabilitation - East Taupō Arterial 

Pavement rehabilitation work will take place on State Highway 1 East Taupō Arterial just south of the Centennial intersection from Tuesday 9 February, for approximately three weeks. A temporary speed limit of 30km/h will be in place over the three week period. Stop/Go traffic management will also be used at times to ensure the safety of the work crews and road users. 

Heavy trucks and construction machinery will be operating so we ask motorists to take care through the site. Queues will be monitored and wait times will be minimised as much as practical. 

SH1 chipseal resurfacing works on East Taupō Arterial 

Chipseal resurfacing will take place on State Highway 1 East Taupō Arterial on Tuesday 16 February and Wednesday 17 February. 

This work will take place on the full length of the road between the SH1/State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupō) intersection and the SH1/Lake Terrace/Anzac Memorial Drive intersection.  

Traffic management with a temporary speed limit of 30km/h will be in place between 9am and 3pm to protect road users, their vehicles and our road workers. Once the new chipseal has been laid, a temporary speed limit of 50km/h will apply until the new surface has settled and the lines have been repainted. 

Southbound traffic will remain on SH1 East Taupō Arterial. Northbound traffic will be detoured via Lake Terrace, Tongariro Street and Wairakei Drive, re-joining State Highway 1 at the Wairakei Roundabout.  

Traffic bound for Napier can use Lake Terrace and Napier Road.  Drivers are reminded to stop at the Napier Road/Kiddle Drive/Arrowsmith avenue intersection. 

Waka Kotahi thanks road users for their patience while we carry out this work, and urges all drivers to comply with temporary speed restrictions. 

The crews working at these work sites are real people with friends and families who want to see them come home safely every night. Speeding through work sites is a significant problem. Speeding vehicles can flick up loose metal and other objects, which can be dangerous to our road workers and other road users. Motorists also have less control at higher speeds. They may clip road cones and send them flying at our road workers or oncoming traffic, or lose control completely. 

Within our worksites, we regularly see vehicles travelling at speeds over the temporary speed limit, passing other vehicles where it is unsafe to do so and clipping road cones, all of which puts themselves, other road users and our road workers at risk. 

For your own safety and for the safety of our road workers – please slow down through work sites.  

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