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Project introduction

We’re making State Highway 2 between Wairoa and Bay View 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

    $10.2 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


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Making the road safer

In the 10 years to 2015, 21 people died and 56 were seriously injured on SH2 between Wairoa and Bay View.  Most of these crashes happened when drivers lost control and drove off the road or crossed the centreline and hit an oncoming vehicle.

Around 2000 vehicles travel the entire 104km stretch each day with up to 9000 using the Bay View end. This road is an important route for locals, freight and tourists so we’re making the following improvements to make it safer for everyone.

What we are doing

  • Creating a wider sealed shoulder so there is room to recover if drivers lose control of their vehicle.
  • Installing rumble strips to warn drivers who stray out of their lane.
  • Installing roadside barriers to stop drivers hitting something harder like a tree, power pole or ditch.
  • Creating a wide centreline in some areas to keep traffic apart, reducing the risk of head-on crashes.