We're improving the resilience of State Highway 2 between Gisborne and the Waioeka Gorge with an extensive asphalting programme between late June and September.
To minimise disruption, work will be done at night. Work will take place seven nights a week between 7pm – 5am, when the weather is fine, with some full road closures required.
Work will start between Matawai and the Waioeka Gorge. This will be followed by work at Otoko and will move south towards Gisborne. For more information please read our FAQs.
Frequently asked questions about the asphalting programme
Work to resurface areas of SH2 between Gisborne and the Waioeka Gorge under full night time closures is now scheduled to start on Monday 7 August (weather permitting)
Please check Journey Planner before travelling for the most up-to-date information on the road status. This work has been on hold over the past month because of severe weather and the resulting subsidence at Otoko Hill (SH2).
However, because of the travel restrictions in this area during that time, crews were able to make use of the lower traffic volumes to complete many of the sites during the day.
Crews have now completed 10,000 square metres of asphalt resurfacing on SH2 north of Gisborne at Ormond, Te Karaka, Waikohu and Otoko. Another 10,000 square metres on SH2 south of Gisborne and at other priority sites impacted by recent severe weather has also been completed, improving the resilience of key access routes for Tairāwhiti.
Crews will continue to complete the remaining 105,000 square metres of asphalt resurfacing required along SH2 between Gisborne and Waioeka.
Next week, crews will complete enabling works at SH2 near Trafford’s Hill during the day under stop/go traffic controls (weather permitting), in preparation for night works starting Monday 7 August.
Please continue to check this page for updates.