Northlanders will see more activity at the Loop Road roundabout as construction of Stage 2 of the Loop Road safety improvements is well underway.
Our construction partner Oxcon CLL started work in early March 2023, with the southbound lane and bridge over the Otaika Stream. The design will provide a safe merging distance from the newly completed dual lane roundabout, and includes realigning the existing entrance to Oaks Road, to allow for safe entry and exit.
Environmental controls are being installed and the preloading process has begun to compact the ground where the road will be built.
We acknowledge that there were delays throughout the first stage of the project, which inconvenienced residents and people travelling through the area. During Stage 2, a large amount of construction can be done without disruption, and it will only be the ‘tie-ins’ at the roundabout and south of Otaika Stream that will need more intensive traffic management. There will, however, be temporary speed limits of 30km/h and 50km/h at times while construction vehicles are moving around, and widths are reduced.
The new bridge will be built to the east of the existing bridge, to a new design standard that takes climate change and sea level rise into consideration. Meaning it will be approximately 1.8 metres taller than the existing bridge on State Highway 1 (SH1), which will be retained for northbound traffic.
Completion for the Loop Road safety improvements project is planned for early 2025.