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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Wairarapa locals can expect more traffic and potentially longer travel times on State Highway 2 between Masterton and Carterton from tomorrow.

The Carterton District Council is closing Hughes Line from Friday, for a week, for urgent repairs. More information about the closure can be found on the Carterton District Council website.

Temporary road closure on Hughes Line(external link)

Local drivers have used the road to avoid the current safety improvement works on State Highway 2. Its closure means more vehicles will be using State Highway 2 between Masterton and Carterton. Drivers should factor this into their travel plans, especially during peak morning and afternoon traffic.

Waka Kotahi understands the delays caused by the safety improvement road works are frustrating for drivers. However, every effort is being made to complete the project as quickly as possible. Road sealing work has already been completed this week which will make it easier for traffic to pass through the works area.

The roundabouts are expected to be completed by August, with final road resurfacing to be done in December.

All three roundabouts are being built at once to reduce the overall length of the project and minimise disruption for residents, businesses, and drivers as much as possible. Building the roundabouts separately would mean the project would take longer to complete and affect the highway for longer.

SH2 Masterton to Carterton safety improvements

Drivers are asked to take extra care when driving through the project site, and to expect congestion and delays at the southern end of Masterton where work on the Ngaumatawa Rd roundabout is underway.

Drivers must observe the posted speed limits across the project zone – they are there for your safety and that of our contractors.

More details about the Masterton to Carterton safety improvements and other Wairarapa projects are available on the Waka Kotahi website.

SH2 Wairarapa highway improvements