Saddle Road daytime closures for essential maintenance


A sign posted detour will be in place over the Pahiatua Track during closures on Saddle Road next month.

Saddle Road, which connects Ashhurst to Woodville, will close:

Monday 12 February – Friday 23 February 2024

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am and 4pm.
  • Friday: 10am and 4pm.  

Saddle Road will remain open in the evenings and on the weekends.

The day time closures will allow crews to carry out essential maintenance, including road repairs, drainage improvements and asphalt resurfacing.

During these closure times, traffic will be detoured via State Highway 2 and over the Pahiatua Track.

A partial road closure will be in place on Mulgrave Street in Ashhurst, at the same time, for asphalting.

To minimise further disruption to road users at a later date, the road will be closed during the same period as Saddle Road closure -  from Monday 12 February to Friday 23 February during the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday – Thursday, and 10am and 4pm on Fridays.

Salisbury Street will remain open at all times. This partial closure of Mulgrave Street will be lifted once the asphalting works have been completed.

Outside of the closure hours, parts of Saddle Road and Mulgrave Street will have a reduced speed limit of 30km/h in place. Access for residents, emergency services and Te Ahu a Turanga worksites will remain open at all times.

Saddle Road is a crucial link between Hawke’s Bay and Manawatū and NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi acknowledges there’s never an ideal time for the closure.

NZTA wants to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as crews carry out these essential works.

These works may be postponed at short notice in the event of poor weather. People are encouraged to visit the NZTA Journey Planner website for up-to-date information on roadworks, road closures, traffic and delays.

Saddle Road is currently the alternative State Highway 3 while construction is progressing on Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū – Tararua Highway.

Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū – Tararua Highway