Highway safety upgrade begins
The New Zealand Transport Agency will start the first stage of a series of major safety improvements to State Highway 58 between Upper Hutt and Plimmerton this week.
The agency’s Wellington highways manager Rod James said contractors would begin a $ 2.5 million realignment and reconstruction of the section between Harris and Mt Cecil roads, where a temporary 50kmh limit is in place.
‘‘We’ve received some excellent feedback from the public on these proposals from the recent open days, and will be sharing the results of this process that in early February,’’ he said.
The 20- week project involves cutting 8 metres into the southern side of the hill to straighten the curve, the removal of the passing lane, the installation of a 700m wire rope safety barrier and improvements to the drainage systems.
The road is also being made safer for cyclists, with a full 1.5m shoulder being provided.
James said the work could cause traffic delays to normal flows and asked road users to be patient while it was carried out.
The realignment is the first stage in a wider $30m package of improvements scheduled for SH58 between SH2 and Transmission Gully.