Safety work for SH2

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

SOIL SCI­EN­TISTS

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.

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