NZTA: SH2 – Busy month for roadworks through Hutt Valley in October

Whakatiki St intersection traffic lights

New traffic lights on the State Highway 2 and Whakatiki Street intersection on the River Road in Upper Hutt are set to start operating in the first week of October.

The Transport Agency’s Transport System Manager for Wellington Mark Owen says the traffic lights have been installed to improve safety at this high risk intersection.

“We’re aiming to get the lights switched on late on Sunday October 1. Final technical testing and site works are weather dependent so the start of operation may happen during the week. Electronic sign boards will be used to advise motorists of the switch-on date.”

Road users wanting to turn right into or out of Whakatiki Street will have dedicated traffic lights, rather than having to wait for a gap in traffic, which will make right turns much safer.

SH2/SH58 Haywards interchange project update

The NZ Transport Agency is also advising the Haywards SH 2/58 interchange will be completed by the end of October.

Poor winter weather caused some minor project delays, but priority was given to road works which ensured the interchange was open to vehicles.

The Transport Agency’s Acting Portfolio Manager Glen Prince says that the remaining work on the north bound on-ramp merge lane, SH58 uphill road pavement construction, Hebden Crescent and SH2 resurfacing has now commenced, with some speed restrictions in place while the work is completed.

Meanwhile motorists are also advised new road surface work on the southbound on ramps and off ramps of the interchange, and both northbound and southbound lanes on SH2, will start in early October, and will go on for most of the month. This work will be carried out at night from approximately 7pm to 5.30am. Some of the work on the interchange ramps will require traffic detours on two nights. We will be using electronic messaging and advertising to tell drivers more about this closer to the time.

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