Second major site access point for Puhoi to Warkworth project opening
Mid-August 2017 will see construction begin on the second key site access point (SAP) for construction traffic working on the Puhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.
The site access point known as ‘SAP7’ is being established on State Highway 1 at Watson Road, a forestry road south of Mahurangi West Road. This will be the main access for construction traffic into the southern sector of the project.
Establishing the access point involves closing the southbound passing lane to create space for a safe right turn bay, wide median and wider shoulder. After careful evaluation, it has been decided that the passing lane will remain closed for the entire construction period.
NX2 CEO, Ray Wilson, says closing the passing lanes will enable construction traffic to enter and exit SH1 safely with the least amount of disruption to other road users.
“Protecting the safety of project workers as well as all those who use SH1 is a top priority for the Transport Agency and NX2, and so closing the passing lane is an essential part of these works”
The works are expected to take a total of six to eight weeks. Temporary traffic management will be in place during construction, including a temporary speed restriction of 70 kmh.
For safety reasons, part of this work will be carried out between 9pm and 5am when traffic volumes are lower to minimise disruption. ‘Stop-Go’ operations will be in place and there may be some minor delays.