Key Waikato state highway works about to get underway


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists of some key pieces of work that are about to begin across the Waikato region.

  • State Highway 29, western (Waikato) side of the Kaimai Range: Waka Kotahi will recommence major road reconstruction works on Sunday 17 January. The works will start with the reconstruction of a section of the east-bound Crawler Lane between the SH29 / State Highway 28 intersection and the Swap Kaimai Farm entrance.   
    Later in January, road reconstruction works will also take place adjacent to the Kaimai Mamaku Lookout Rest Area; followed by road resurfacing works between the Swap Kaimai Farm Entrance and the Kaimai Mamaku Lookout Rest Area.
  • State Highway 1, Desert Road: Foam bitumen stabilisation will take place at two sites on State Highway 1 on the Desert Road from mid-January. Work will take place near the Mangatoetoenui Stream Bridge during the week beginning 18 January, and just south of Kaimanawa Road during the week beginning 25 January. These works were scheduled for earlier this month but have been moved to the new year, due to weather.
    Works will be undertaken between 7am and 7pm, with Stop/Go traffic management and a temporary speed limit of 30km/h in place.  Minor delays can be expected during work hours. Outside work hours both lanes will remain open, however, there may be a reduced speed limit in places due to uneven surfaces.
  • SH1 north of Piarere: Waka Kotahi will be undertaking major road rehabilitation work around the passing lanes from 12 January. The work is expected to take up to three weeks and will require the closure of the passing lanes. There will be a temporary speed limit in place and motorists should expect some delays.

These works are part of the Waka Kotahi spring/summer road maintenance programme, which will see repairs and reseals on state highways across the Waikato to ensure the safety and resilience of the state highway network.

For up to date information on road works, traffic, detours and delays, motorists are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website(external link)

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

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