Two sets of safety improvements on SH1 Whangarei


The NZ Transport Agency is beginning work this week to improve safety and traffic flows at two locations on SH1 into Whangarei.

Traffic signals will be upgraded at the Rewa Rewa Road intersection on SH1 at the Northern entrance to Whangarei. 

The changes will make it safer for traffic turning right out of Rewa Rewa Road and onto Otaika Road (SH1). It will also make it easier and safer for motorists entering SH1 from Tauroa Street by creating longer gaps in the northbound traffic flows. 

Temporary traffic signals will be used while the construction is completed, which is expected to take up to eight weeks. 

The road shoulder will be closed during the day which may slow traffic through the area. Motorists are advised to allow plenty of time for their journey. 

Safety improvements are also being made further north on SH1 heading into Whangarei at the Otaika shops to make it safer for pedestrians. 

New traffic islands will be installed to make them more prominent and provide safer movements for pedestrians during the day and at night. Lighting and signage will also be improved. 

The road surface will be re-laid at the same time to maximise the benefits to customers during the one set of works. 

The work will mostly be carried out at night to reduce any delays for motorists. 

There may be some noise and disruption to residents and the Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience while this work is carried out to make the area safer for all road users including pedestrians. 

State Highway 1 - Rewa Rewa Road

  • Work beginning this week, 29 February
  • Project is likely to take 6-8 weeks to complete
  • Road shoulder will be closed and temporary traffic signals will be in place
  • Some delays possible

State Highway 1 - Otaika Road

  • Work beginning this week, 29 February
  • Expected to take 3 weeks to complete
  • Work to be carried out during the evening to reduce congestion
  • Some traffic delays likely at night

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