A 3.4 kilometre median barrier is to be constructed from Silverstream to Moonshine on the River Road, State Highway 2, south of Upper Hutt.
The NZ Transport Agency has awarded the tender for the $2.4 million project to Fulton Hogan Ltd, with work to widen and reseal this stretch of highway due to start next week (week starting June 14). At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be open at all times to minimise delays.
The road widening will enable a three metre wide median strip to be marked out, once the stretch has been resealed. This work is expected to be complete by early next year. The construction of the median barrier will take a further 10 weeks and is expected to be completed by mid next year.
NZTA’s State Highways Manager, Wellington, Rob Whight says these safety improvements are necessary because of the high crash rate along this stretch of the River Road.