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We’ve had confirmation from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency that work on SH2 through Ngatea’s main street will resume in Alert Level 3. Crews will be back on site today, Tuesday 28 April. Check out their notice below. There’s also an official video update from Mayor Toby Adams on our Facebook page.

 

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SH2 Ngatea Main Street programme update
27 April 2020

We’ll be back on site!
From Tuesday 28 April, state highway works in the Waikato will resume as the country moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3. This includes work on SH2 through Ngatea’s main street. Crews will be back on site from tomorrow preparing the site for pouring the kerb and channel and resurfacing car parks.

To manage traffic through the site we’ll be removing the one-way detour arrangement that was in place before we stopped work and changing to stop-go traffic management. This means there will be access for two-way traffic through the town centre but with longer delays than when the detour arrangement was in place. You’ll also see more staff on site to help people and traffic move through the town and helping people access off-street parking areas and the side roads.

Please always take care and follow the instructions of traffic management crews.

How long will the work take?
We discussed two options to complete the work – a full road closure and around the town detour which will allow us to complete the work late May; or operating stop/go traffic management to keep traffic flowing through the town and support local businesses which we agree is best.
With traffic movement through the site we have additional restrictions to manage and expect to finish this work early to mid-June.
However, with the additional challenges of working to COVID-19 health and safety protocols there’s a chance we may need to reconsider introducing a road closure and detour around town. That will be a last resort and we’ll keep you updated on whether we need to do that.
This is a unique situation and the blend of all these conditions could push our timeframe out slightly, but we’ll let you know if we’re heading in that direction.

Yes, we will need to come back
Unfortunately, because of the cooler weather we won’t be able to complete the pavement construction and final surfacing of the westbound traffic lane between the Ngatea Primary School/Farm Source and Kohunui Street so we will have to come back in summer. We’ll provide more information on what that means as we progress through this piece of work, and we’ll work with Council and the community on the best way to do that work later.

Keeping you updated
Before the lockdown Hauraki District Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency were working together to provide regular updates in various ways. We’re still going to keep you updated but because of COVID-19 we need to do things slightly differently.
Obviously, we can’t run our face to face meeting (and we must discourage you from ‘chatting’ with our crews on site), but we’ll continue with online newsletters and find other ways to share project updates with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the programme you can email ngatea@higgins.co.nz.

Thank you for your co-operation. Remember, stay home stay safe, and most importantly, be kind.

Cara Lauder
Manager, Systems Management Waikato