SH2 re-opens between Wairoa and Napier - motorists advised to take extra care and expect delays


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency confirms that SH2 between Wairoa and Napier has been re-opened, with caution advised for drivers as repair work on the highway continues.

Our crews have worked throughout the night and this morning to assess damage, clear debris and bring the highway back to a state where it is safe for essential travel.

“As the road remains in a vulnerable condition with ongoing repairs, we’re advising people to continue to delay or avoid any unnecessary travel in the area. People who are travelling should take extra care as a number of hazards remain on the highway network, including potholes, rock falls, and surface water.

“A section of SH2 at Turiroa (south of Wairoa) will be operating with a single lane open, under STOP/GO traffic control. Motorists should expect to encounter some surface water at this site, and extra caution will be needed.

“The road may also need to be closed overnight to ensure the safety of motorists, and we urge everyone to keep up with the latest updates on our website and social media channels.”

Updates will be posted on the Waka Kotahi social media pages (Facebook, and Twitter - links at bottom of page), and on our Journey Planner website.

Journey Planner(external link)

Ms Harris asks motorists to be mindful of contractors who could be out clearing hazards off the road, and drive slowly through work sites.

“We want to see everyone get home safely. Stay safe and stay alert.”

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