Minor delays along SH2 through the Karangahake Gorge


NZTA advises drivers to expect minor delays if travelling through the Karangahake Gorge near Waihi.

Drivers are advised to expect minor delays if travelling through the Karangahake Gorge south-west of Waihi as works are being undertaken this week to repair the shoulder of the highway.

NZ Transport Agency Operations Manager, Karen Boyt says a retaining wall is being constructed along the shoulder of State Highway 2 at Waikino (through the Karangahake Gorge) which was damaged during recent storm events.

The work which started today is expected to be completed by the  end of the week.

Manual traffic management is in place with a temporary speed restriction, this operation will remain throughout the works on a 24 hour basis until the repairs are complete.

“Minor delays can be expected, traffic controllers will be monitoring delays particularly around peak traffic times to ensure everything continues to run smoothly,” says Ms Boyt.

She says visitor’s can visit the NZTA’s website which is regularly updated with information about most closures and detours at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link).  This information is also available by phoning the NZTA’s free phone on 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49), which can also be used to report any significant road issues or hazards which people may come across during their travels.

The NZTA also uses other technology to provide information to enable drivers to make better informed choices about their travel.  On The Move is a free service which enables people to sign up for information about crashes, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link)