Whakatu Arterial Link Project - News

March 28, 2017

WHAKATU ARTERIAL LINK UPDATE

Ongoing rain has continued to make life a little tricky however it is not expected to impact on the overall time frame.

Work on the new roundabout on State Highway 2 is ongoing, which means traffic will continue to be confined to the two temporary lanes. That situation is expected to carry on over the next few weeks. As previously, we are asking that everyone takes extra care at the State Highway 2 end of the project because of the narrow carriageway. The small temporary roundabout at the intersection of Pilcher Rd remains in place.

Surveying work on Pilcher Rd, advised in the last update, has been completed and the speed limit has returned to 80kmh at the SH2 end, graduating to 100kmh.

Work around the area where the new bridge will cross the Karamu Stream is continuing with piling and reinforced earth works underway. Once that is complete the company building the bridge will move into the area.

Anyone who is particularly impacted by these works will be individually contacted, however if you have questions please don’t hesitate to call the project managers: Leslie van Heerden or Louis Meyer on 835 7288, or phone Hastings District Council: 871 5000.

March 13, 2017

WHAKATU ARTERIAL LINK UPDATE

Again heavy rain over the weekend has interrupted work, however at this early stage it is not expected to impact on the timeframes of the overall project.

We do ask that everyone takes extra care at the State Highway 2 end of the project after changes to the road layout are put in place from tomorrow, narrowing the available roadway through there. Preparatory construction of three-quarters of the new roundabout has been completed, however to do the last “fillet” the work needs to move into the traffic zone. The existing white road markings will be blacked over, and new markings put into place.

The configuration of the small temporary roundabout has changed after input from NZTA suggested dropping the height of it so drivers can better see the indicator lights on other vehicles. This roundabout continues to work well.

Also in that area, work on the layers that provide the foundation for the new roads into the roundabout continues.

Pilcher Road, just off State Highway, will be a 30kmh area between SH2 and Lawn Road for the next week as surveyors will be working in the area.

At the Whakatu site a short section of new roadway is under construction and the team continues to work on excavations and layer works.

As those involved in the process around finding artefacts during excavation will know, historic hangi stones were found in the vicinity of Karamu Stream. The protocols in place mean these will be handed to iwi for preservation.

February 20, 2017

WHAKATU ARTERIAL LINK UPDATE

Heavy rain over the weekend has had a slight impact on the Whakatu Arterial Link project however it is not expected to make a difference over the life of the project.
 
The link route which will provide a new road between State Highway 2 (SH2) and Pakowhai Road is going to plan.
 
The project manager advises us that work has now started on three main sites; on State Highway 2 (near the Napier Rd intersection); in Whakatu (near the rail crossing) and at the Pakowhai Rd end (in the Karamu Stream area).
 
At the SH2 end the temporary roundabout continues to work well. Road works are focused on Napier Rd, preparing that approach to the new roundabout. A section of Napier Rd remains closed to all but residents and vehicles that need to access those addresses. As previously notified this will be in place until mid-year. Drivers are being advised to allow an extra two minutes when travelling through the construction site. SH2 remains open to all traffic, at all times.

In Whakatu, earthworks are underway to extend the current approach to the rail crossing with an additional 400m. 
 
At the Pakowhai Rd end of the project, the construction team’s focus at the moment is on bulk earthworks either side of Karamu Stream.

Residents in Station Rd in Whakatu will continue to see truck traffic carrying clean fill between Pakowhai and the SH2 site. Council asks that drivers entering or exiting driveways on the affected roads take extra care to check for trucks before turning.
 
If you have queries, please contact Higgins Ltd on 06 835 7288 or Hastings District Council on 06 871 5000.

February 7, 2017

TRAFFIC DETOUR – NAPIER ROAD, MANGATERETERE

Work on the Whakatu Arterial Link road connecting State Highway 2 (SH2) with Pakowhai Road is going to plan.
 
The project manager advises us that over the next two weeks work on the layout of the new roundabout and the roads leading out from it will continue.

The temporary roundabout that has been put in place is working well; drivers seem to have adapted to the new layout without a problem. 

Unison is continuing to underground power cables in Napier Rd and SH2.

A section of Napier Rd remains closed to all but residents and vehicles that need to access those addresses. This will be in place for about five months. Drivers are being advised to allow an extra two minutes when travelling through the construction site. SH2 will remain open to all traffic, at all times.

Residents in Station Rd in Whakatu will have noticed an increase in truck traffic carrying clean fill between Pakowhai and the SH2 site. Council asks that drivers entering or exiting driveways on the affected roads take extra care to check for trucks before turning.
 

January 20 2017

Temporary traffic detour – Napier Road, Mangateretere

Work on the Whakatu Arterial Link road connecting State Highway 2 (SH2) with Pakowhai Road has started.

To allow for the construction of the large roundabout on Napier Road, traffic travelling along the section of Napier Road between State Highway 2 (SH2) and Lawn Road will be detoured along Lawn and Pilcher Roads from Monday 23 January 2017, for approximately five months.

Please allow an extra two minutes for your journey. SH2 will remain open to all traffic, at all times.

 

January 16 2017

This fortnightly update on the Whakatu Arterial Link route lets the public know how the project is going and what to expect to see over the next couple of weeks.

Unison and Higgins are on State Highway 2 site, near the Napier Rd intersection.

Unison is undergrounding cables for lighting around the new five-legged roundabout.  There  will be minor disruptions to the power supply on occasions and with the final connection and power change over to the new underground system this will result in a power shut down of up to six hours.  Unison will give two weeks notice to surrounding property owners ahead of this shut down.

Higgins will soon be working on an interim roundabout made up of plastic barriers, signs and cones which will assist with traffic control further into the project. We are not expecting any changes in road layout over this first two weeks.

Trucks moving fill will be the first particularly noticeable effect of the works. They will be on a circuit from the roundabout site, through Station Rd, to Pakowhai for the next four months. Hours of work are limited to 6am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, to limit any impact.

Other work of interest over the next fortnight will include:

•    Bulk Earthworks in the paddock between Pilcher Road and State Highway 2; and
•    The erection of a new road boundary fence line in the same area;

Anyone who is particularly impacted by these works will be individually contacted, however if you have questions please don’t hesitate to call the project managers: Leslie van Heerden phone 835 7288, or Louis Meyer, phone 835 7288, or phone Hastings District Council: 871 5000.

 

January 6 2017

Work on the Whakatu Arterial Link road, connecting State Highway 2 (SH2) with Pakowhai Rd, is about to start.

As well as making transport of our district’s beautiful fresh produce easier, the finished road will take heavy trucks off the residential streets of Whakatu, making them safer for families.

The project has been five years in the making and those most closely affected (residents, business owners, land owners and iwi) have been involved over that period, leading to a route design agreed to by the parties.

Now, with route clearing and fencing work completed, it is time for the diggers to start making an appearance. The company undertaking the work for Hastings District Council, Higgins, is planning on starting at the SH2 end, near the Napier Rd turnoff, building one of the three large roundabouts.

First on site will be Unison from about January 9, putting in the ground works for roundabout lighting and undergrounding the overhead wires. The, from late January, Higgins will start on the building of the roundabout and associated connections. The next part of the work will include the brining in of clean fill and residents on Station Rd will notice increased numbers of trucks on their road for about four months. Council will keep these people specifically updated as this work progresses.

There may be a period of time when there is a diversion around the Napier Rd/SH2 area, however that will be advised to the public well in advance.

The work at that end of the project is timed to take about five months, after which the road will be built across the country towards Pakowhai Rd, finishing at the entrance to the Pakowhai Country Park.

The Whakatu Arterial Link is considered a strategic link of the highest priority in the region. The three kilometre route includes three large roundabouts, one at each end and one in the industrial area of Whakatu, and a bridge over the Karamu Stream, at the Pakowhai Rd end.

It is expected that the road will be completed late 2018/early 2019.

Council has an email contact list which will be used to directly advise those most closely affected. People who wish to be included on that list should email dianej@hdc.govt.nz

People who have concerns or questions during the project can contact Higgins Ltd on 06 835 7288 or Hastings District Council on 06 871 5000.