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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists about upcoming overnight closures on State Highway 2 over the Remutaka Hill for essential maintenance work.

The Remutaka Hill road will be closed for one night from 9pm Sunday 14 February to 4am Monday 15 February, and for a further five nights from 9pm Sunday 7 March to 4am Friday 12 March.

“These are the fourth and fifth in the planned overnight closures scheduled between November 2020 and June 2021 to enable road crews to safely undertake essential maintenance and slip prevention works for the safety of all road users,” Regional Transport Systems Manager Mark Owen says.

“The Remutaka Hill road is steep, narrow and winding which makes it a challenging environment to work in. Having the road fully closed to traffic will help ensure the safety of crews while work is being done.

“The night-time closures also significantly reduce the number of daytime disruptions for road users and enables better quality of maintenance work.

“Our crews are able to complete many months’ worth of maintenance during a small number of closures because multiple teams can work across the hill at the same time without disrupting traffic. This significantly reduces stop/go disruptions for motorists during the day which, in the past, occurred almost daily.”

Motorists are advised to plan ahead to avoid the upcoming full-night closures of the Remutaka Hill from February to June 2021. The full schedule and other information can be found on the RHR project page.

Remutaka Hill Road night closures

While the dates are fixed, bad weather may cause works to be cancelled but no other full closure dates will happen during this period, except in an emergency.

Access will be available for emergency services throughout the closure. A shuttle van service can be booked for night shift workers and others with essential commitments and should be booked in advance.

To book the shuttle van, email remutaka@nzta.govt.nz – Monday to Friday.

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