High­way safety up­grade be­gins

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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.

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