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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Major rehabilitation works are about to get underway for State Highway 2, Chapel St, in Masterton.

Mark Owen, Regional Manager, Wellington/Top of the South, says it is a continuation of work started in January this year. Contractors will be working on Chapel Street south of Lincoln Road to south of Cole Street.

“This section of road is at a stage where full rehabilitation and reconstruction is needed. It means contractors will have to fully excavate the sections of road being repaired and build an entirely new base.”

“This will see contractors excavate to a depth of about 400 mm and pour a new concrete foundation. Once that’s cured, structural asphalt will be laid over the top. What we’re doing is building a raft that will sit on top of the underlying alluvial substrate. It’ll make the road much stronger and less prone to potholes and traffic damage.”

The work will see two full weekend closures – one from 9 June, and the other from 16 June.

Mr Owen says they will run from 8 pm on Friday to 6 am Monday.

“We’re timing this work for weekends to minimise disruption and to get as much work done as quickly as possible. Full closures let our contractors get the job done much more quickly, efficiently, and safely.”

“If we tried to do work like this during the day with traffic management, it would take weeks to complete. That’s a headache drivers, residents, and local businesses don’t need,” Mr Owen says.

Works schedule:

  • 9 June to 12 June. Friday 8 pm to Monday 6 am.
  • 16 June to 19 June. Friday 8 pm to Monday 6 am.

Works location:

  • State Highway 2 Chapel St between Lincoln St and Jackson St south of the work site, will be closed to traffic 24/7.
  • Access will remain open for the Z service station.
  • Access will not be available to the Masterton Mall parking building.
  • The footpaths on both sides of the road will remain open.

Waka Kotahi appreciates this work will be inconvenient for residents and business owners. However, these works will create an improved stretch of road that will require less repair and maintenance. We want to thank the public for their patience and cooperation while this work is done.

Similar works are also planned for another southern section of Chapel St. The exact timing for this is still to be set.