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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Overnight closures on State Highway 2 at Trafford’s Hill, north of Gisborne, will be in place next week to complete asphalt resurfacing.

The stretch of SH2 between Matawai and the Waioeka Gorge will close at 7pm on Monday (7 August) and reopen at 5am the following morning (Tuesday 8 August). The road will close again at 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, reopening at 5am the following morning, finishing at 5am on Friday (11 August).

“While work on the Trafford’s Hill site has been delayed because of severe weather, crews have so far managed to complete 20,000 square metres of an estimated 80,000 square metres of asphalt resurfacing to complete on SH2 north and south,” says Waka Kotahi Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti System Manager Martin Colditz.

A further week of night closures is planned from Monday 14 August. However, as work is weather dependent, road users are advised to check Journey Planner before travelling for the most up-to-date road information. Waka Kotahi will also communicate further details ahead of the planned closures. 

Roading crews will move south to Otoko and Waihuka once the Trafford’s Hill site is complete. 

“This stretch of road is a crucial lifeline for the community – these closures enable us to strengthen this stretch of SH2 safely and efficiently, and we appreciate people’s patience and support while we do this,” says Mr Colditz.

More information about the SH2 asphalting programme is available at:

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