Lower North Island/Upper South Island - planned state highway roadworks


The details below outline the main planned state highway roadworks occurring in the greater Wellington region and the top of the South Island over the coming week (7 May 2023).

The bad weather affecting the top of the South Island may affect the timing of some of these works.

Weather Event:

While forecast rain amounts have eased, the top of the South Island will get more rain over the weekend and into next week. It could affect state highways and local roads and closures may happen at short notice if conditions deteriorate.

Residents and drivers must be prepared for the bad weather and take extra care on the roads. Please avoid travelling if conditions are unsafe.

If conditions worsen, it is important people stay up to date on road, weather, and Civil Defence information:

Marlborough Emergency Management(external link)

Other important information for road users:

  • In Wellington there will be monthly tunnel maintenance closures later this month. They will be on the following dates between 9 pm and 5.30 am:
    • Terrace Tunnel – Monday, 15 May
    • Mt Victoria Tunnel – Tuesday, 16 May

Further details about regional state highway conditions and roadworks are also published on our website:

NOTE: Roadworks are dependent on weather and other factors. If bad weather should strike, work will be postponed to the next suitable night in the works programme.

Wellington, Porirua, Kāpiti, Hutt

State Highway 1    

SH1 Vivian Street, near Tory Street

  • Sunday to Thursday nights, 7 pm-5.30 am
  • One lane closed for various works

SH1 Wellington Urban Motorway, near Molesworth Street overbridge

  • Sunday to Thursday nights, 7 pm-5.30 am
  • One lane closed each direction for barrier replacement

SH1 Transmission Gully Motorway, Waitangirua southbound onramp CLOSED

  • Wednesday night, 7 pm-5a m for surfacing works
  • Detour via alternative route

SH1 Manakau

  • Tuesday to Thursday nights, 7 pm-5:30 am
  • Stop/go traffic control for road repairs with water-cutting machine

SH1 North from Manakau to Kuku

  • Sunday night, 7 pm-5:30 am
  • Stop/go traffic control for drainage clearing

State Highway 58                                                       

SH58 Haywards Hill Road

  • Monday and Tuesday during the day, 9 am-6 pm
  • Stop/go traffic control for project works

State Highway 2                                                      

SH2 North of Birchville to South of Mangaroa River

  • Wednesday night, 7 pm-5.30 am
  • Stop/go traffic control for drainage works

SH2 Kaitoke, South of Pakuratahi Bridge

  • Monday and Tuesday night, 7 pm-5.30 am
  • Southbound one lane closed for road repairs

SH2 Upper Hutt, at Totara Park intersection, work on local road

  • Sunday and Monday nights, 7 pm-5.30 am
  • Northbound, right turn from state highway closed
  • Southbound, left turn from state highway closed
  • For access detour via Gibbons Street and Fergusson Drive

Wairarapa state highways

State Highway 2                                                          

SH2 Between Carterton and Masterton(external link)

  • Northbound and southbound passing lanes closed day/night for safety improvement project works

SH2 Carterton

  • Sunday to Thursday nights, 7 pm-5.30 am
  • Stop on request for lighting upgrade

SH2 North Masterton, North of Cashmere Oaks Drive

  • Friday during the day, 8 am-4 pm
  • Stop/go traffic control for road repairs

SH2 Mt Bruce

  • Monday to Wednesday during the day, 7 am- 4 pm
  • Stop/go traffic control for drainage work

State Highway 53                                                           

SH53 Featherston, near Murphy’s Line intersection

  • Tuesday during the day, 8 am-4 pm
  • Stop/go traffic control for asphalt resurfacing

SH53 South Featherston, between Wards Line and Bidwills Cutting Road

  • Thursday during the day, 7 am- 4 pm
  • Stop/go traffic control for drainage work

Marlborough state highways

State Highway 1

SH1 Marlborough south boundary to Riverlands

  • Tuesday– Saturday
  • Roadmarking
  • Stop/Go traffic control

State Highway 6                                                          

SH6 Nelson Street, Blenheim(external link)

  • Ongoing until June
  • Watermain works
  • Marlborough District Council project

SH6 Rai/Pelorus region

  • Monday 8 May – Friday 12 May
  • Pre-seal/drainage
  • Stop/Go traffic control

State Highway 62

SH62 Rapaura Road

  • Monday
  • Roadmarking
  • Stop/Go traffic control

Nelson/Tasman state highways

State Highway 6

SH6 Dellow’s Bluff, Murchison

  • Traffic management: 50 km/h speed restrictions.  Road will be open to two lanes

SH6 Whangamoas

  • Forestry Operations - Long term site,
  • Monday – Friday 6 am – 6 pm. (Except Public Holidays)
  • Traffic Management: Stop/Go traffic lights
  • Expect up to 10 minutes delay

SH6 Newton Bridge, west of O’Sullivan’s Bridge, Upper Buller Gorge

  • Monday and Tuesday – 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Bridge inspections using stop/stop controls of 15 mins at a time, with speed limit of 50 kmh while work is in place.
  • Traffic will be completely cleared between each closure.

State Highway 60

SH60 Bird’s Hill, Golden Bay

  • Traffic management: Road is open to two lanes, 50km speed restriction.
  • Project is ongoing
  • Road underslip work

SH60 Takaka, between Reilly Street and Haldane Road

  • 11 April to 12 May.
  • Pavement repairs:
  • Days: Monday to Friday, except public holidays
  • Hours of work: 7.30 am – 6 pm
  • Traffic management: Stop/Go traffic lights, 30 km/h speed restrictions.