Safety work for SH2
Motorists will need to be patient along Wellington’s State Highway 2 in coming weeks as an emergency lane is built between Ngauranga and Petone.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to install three median barrier gates over the next month so traffic can be cleared in an emergency, such as the floods in November last year.
A slip on the side of the SH2 onramp at Ngauranga last year meant the highway could not be accessed by southbound motorists on SH1, causing significant delays.
The lane closest to the barrier on SH2, in each direction, will be closed at night for up to four weeks while the existing guardrail is removed and new three-tonne, reinforced steel barrier gates installed.
They will be placed at three separate areas along the section of SH2 which can be opened up, by emergency traffic controllers and police, to clear traffic if lanes are blocked for several hours.
Crews will work to install the gates from 7pm to 5.30am on Sunday to Thursday night, weather permitting.
In our story on the Soil Bureau on November 7, two of the names were incorrect. The scientists who worked on bush sickness were Norman Taylor and Leslie Issott Grange.