NZTA: Spring marks start of major roadworks on SH2 Rimutaka Hill Road

Major roadworks are set to start from the first week of September on the Rimutaka Hill Road, State Highway 2 between Wellington and the Wairarapa.

Half bridge and safety barrier project

The first project is the construction of a reinforced concrete half bridge and the installation of a new safety barrier on a curve located on the Featherston side of the hill, approximately 3.5km north of the summit. Works are expected to take approximately 6-7 weeks, depending on weather.

Corner widening project

After Labour Weekend work moves 400m north towards the summit to widen one of the narrowest corners on the Hill Road.

The project is expected to take four weeks with two solid weeks of major earthworks, during which time the road will be down to one lane and traffic controlled by mobile traffic lights.

These are excerpts from a media release from the NZ Transport Agency. To read the full release, go to