Hay­wards work still not fin­ished

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

Mo­torists ex­pe­ri­enc­ing frus­tra­tion with a not fully func­tion­ing Hay­wards In­ter­change will have to wait sev­eral more weeks for any fi­nal com­ple­tion.

The $43 mil­lion in­ter­change at the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­ways 2 and 58 at Hay­wards Hill has been in use to traf­fic since April and was of­fi­cially opened on Au­gust 2.

How­ever it re­mains a work in progress with a 70kmh speed limit to traf­fic at the north-south in­ter­sec­tion, lim­ited use of traf­fic lanes and on-off ramps and sig­nif­i­cant road sur­fac­ing and seal­ing work still to be done.

The in­ter­change will now be com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber, the NZ Trans­port Agency says.

Poor weather caused some mi­nor project de­lays but pri­or­ity was given to road works which en­sured the in­ter­change was open to ve­hi­cles, act­ing port­fo­lio man­ager Glen Prince said.

Work on the north bound on­ramp merge lane, SH58 up­hill road pave­ment con­struc­tion, Heb­den Cres­cent and SH2 resur­fac­ing has be­gun and some speed re­stric­tions will be in place.

‘‘Un­til the project is com­plete the tem­po­rary speed lim­its on SH2 and SH58 will re­main,’’ Prince said.

‘‘We thank driv­ers for their pa­tience . . . and re­mind them to slow down to al­low for safe merg­ing with SH 58 traf­fic.’’

Road sur­face work on the south­bound on and off ramps and the north­bound and south­bound lanes on SH 2 will con­tinue to the end of Oc­to­ber. This will be at night with work re­quir­ing some traf­fic de­tours, the NZTA said.

The more than 18 month in­ter­change con­struc­tion moved State High­way traf­fic lights and meant SH2 mo­torists no longer had to stop ve­hi­cles us­ing the Hay­wards Hill Rd be­tween Hutt Val­ley and Porirua to come on to the high­way.

YOUR SAY

With the Hay­wards In­ter­change work continuing to late Oc­to­ber, we asked Neigh­bourly users if driv­ers are find­ing the 70kmh speed limit frus­trat­ing. In an on­line poll, 77 said that­was the case. Com­mentswe re­ceived in­cluded: Wayne Chap­man, To­tara Park: The cur­rent lower speed limit is frus­trat­ing. I can un­der­stand it when there are work­men on the road but out­side of that why not just 100kmh? The road is fine. Even if not quite fin­ished it’s prob­a­bly bet­ter than a lot of nar­row, twisty 100kmh roads around the coun­try. Keith Mor­ris, Tim­ber­lea: I can un­der­stand the cur­rent speed lim­its. The cur­rent road sur­face is still ‘‘in progress’’ with heaps of ghost mark­ings and lowqual­ity joins. In the in­terim driv­ers should avoid dis­plays of im­pa­tience and take that lead boot off the ac­cel­er­a­tor. Kathy Hunter, Sil­ver­stream: Frus­trat­ing yes, be­cause no one sticks to it and, for the ones who do, you have peo­ple tail­gat­ing you and speed­ing up to get past. It’s sim­ply not work­ing. The tem­po­rary speed limit needs to be re­viewed and the road­works fin­ished ASAP.

PHOTO: MATTHEW TSO/STUFF

Lim­ited speed zones and lanes marked by cones will be in place till the end of Oc­to­ber, four months af­ter the Hay­wards In­ter­change on State High­way 2 was of­fi­cially opened.

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