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Major site access point for motorway project opening soon



A major new site access point for the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway project is about to be opened in time for the project’s first earthworks season.

The site access point, known as SAP4, will allow construction vehicles to enter and exit the project site from State Highway 1 (SH1) just south of Perry Road (and the Honey Centre), approximately 4km south of Warkworth.

Significant works have gone in to building SAP4, including road widening, installation of temporary and new guardrail barriers, removal of trees and new road markings.

As part of the completion works, there will be a new road layout, including new turning bays to allow construction vehicles to enter and exit SAP4 safely. New Rural Intersection Activated Warning Signs or RIAWS will be installed to help reduce the risk of crashes.

NX2’s CEO Ray Wilson, says completion of the site access point is a milestone for the project.

“A huge effort has gone into completing SAP4 over the past few months, and essential to this has been the traffic management along SH1, ensuring the travelling public and our construction team have been kept safe during the works. We thank everyone for their patience to date.”

For safety reasons there will be a reduced speed limit of 70kmh for all traffic through the area until project completion in 2021.

Towards the southern section of the project, works will continue on several site access points over the coming months.

Work began on the Puhoi to Warkworth project in December 2016, the first stage of the Ara Tuhono - Puhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance, a key transport link connecting Northland to the rest of the Upper North Island.

The project extends the Northern Motorway to four lanes for 18.5km north from the Johnstone’s Hill Tunnels at Puhoi to a tie-in with the existing State Highway 1 north of Warkworth. It will be open to traffic by late 2021.

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