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Project introduction

We’re making State Highway 2 between Pakipaki and Waipukurau safer for everyone. This project is part of the government’s $600 million Safe Roads and Roadsides Programme to prevent people dying or being seriously injured on our rural state highways.

  • Estimated project cost

    $18.2 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


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Making the road safer

Thirteen people died and 62 were seriously injured on this road between 2006 and 2015. Most of these crashes happened when drivers lost control and drove off the road or crossed the centreline and hit an oncoming vehicle.

Between 7000 and 10,000 vehicles travel the 38km stretch of highway each day. It’s an important route for locals, freight distribution and tourists so we’re making the following improvements to make it safer for everyone. 

What we are doing

  • Installing rumble strips to warn drivers who stray out of their lane. 
  • Creating a wide centreline in some areas to keep traffic apart, reducing the risk of head-on crashes.
  • Creating a wider sealed shoulder so there is room to recover if drivers lose control of their vehicle.
  • Installing roadside barriers to stop drivers hitting something harder like a tree, power pole or ditch.
  • Installing median barrier between Waipawa and Waipukurau to stop head-on crashes.
  • Removing the south-bound passing lane for safer intersections. Our research on this road has shown that the south-bound passing lane on SH2 just south of Waipawa creates a risk for drivers using the southern Tapairu Road/SH2 intersection because this finishes just after this intersection. This passing lane is already very short which means making it end before the intersection is not an option.
  • Making it safer to turn. At the southern Tapairu Road/SH2 intersection we can create a new right turn bay so it’s easier to turn into or out of Tapairu Road.

Tell us what you think

We’re also looking at restricting turning at the northern Tapairu Road/SH2 intersection so only left turns in or out would be possible, but would be keen to hear what you think about this.

Get in touch through the contact details below. 


Note: Estimates are revised periodically. This is the estimate at December 2018.