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Tree removal and maintenance works on SH2 from this weekend


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises tree removal and maintenance works will take place on State Highway 2 next week, beginning this Sunday 13 June.

Tree removal works on Sunday 13 June, west of the SH2/Francis Road intersection

Work to remove dead trees posing a safety risk will be undertaken between 6am and 1pm. The works are planned for the weekend to minimise the impacts on traffic, however, delays are expected.

Northbound traffic can bypass the tree felling work via Youngson Road, Old Highway and Esdaile Road. This route is not suitable for heavy vehicles. There is no alternative route available for southbound traffic.

Stop/Go traffic management will be in place with a 30km/h temporary speed limit. Our contractors will be actively working to minimise delays as much as possible.

Tree maintenance on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 June, north of the SH2/Sharp Road intersection

Maintenance work on an existing shelterbelt will be undertaken between 8.30am and 3.30pm each day.

Lane shifts will be in place with a 50km/h temporary speed limit. For safety reasons, short duration road closures will be required at several points throughout the work.

Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signage.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.

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