This is the current road closure list for roadwork closures on Puhoi Road, with info supplied from NX2. Note that the signage boards etc. around the works may not reflect this list – as in an arrangement with NX2 they will open the road/implement stop/go when possible to allow locals to come and go when gaps in the works allow, letting us know at PuhoiNZ as frequently as possible, but they can’t keep the public signage up to date.
|Fri 13 Mar||Stop/Go||10:00 AM||1:30 PM|
|Sat 14 Mar||Open||all day|
|Sun 15 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Mon 16 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Tue 17 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Wed 18 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Thu 19 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Fri 20 Mar||Open||All Day|
|Sat 21 Mar||Open||All Day|
|Sun 22 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Mon 23 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Tue 24 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Wed 25 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
|Thu 26 Mar||Closed||09:00 PM||04:30 AM|
[ Update from Glen Ashton on progress of the sealing of Ahuroa Road on Ahuroa Grapevine ]
AT have confirmed the following timetable for sealing Ahuroa Road:
- Presently under preliminary investigation.
- March 2019 – Design phase
- November 2019 to 2021 Construction phase
Length 8.5 Km (i.e. fully sealed).
Expectation that at $5 million per annum there will be enough budget.
I am still communicating with the powers to be on why they are not allocating more of our money on road sealing. Shane Ellison the CEO of AT has admitted that is has been diverted into higher priority projects like the City Rail Link. AT reduced what seemed like a $12.1 million allocation (the Mayor announced $121 million over 10 years) to $4.7 million this year and $5 million next year. It appears that AT are “uncontrolled” and are to blame for the lack of road sealing progress. Either the Mayor and Auckland Council have lost control of AT or they are both in cohorts misleading the Rodney Rural public.
Unfortunately, unless we do something about it, our side roads will not be sealed within our lifetime, but downtown Auckland will be fabulous! Think about it every time you fill up with gas with the RFT or paying the new Local Target Transport Rate. Us rural people are being screwed by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.
I will give a more informed update shortly.
p.s. Only 8.7 Km of new seal since 9 years in Super City.
You’ll notice that some of Puhoi’s much needed road sealing projects now appear on Auckland Transport’s priority list. Currently Ahuroa Road comes in at No 4 and is ‘Under Design’. Watch this space…https://at.govt.nz/about-us/asset-maintenance/road-sealing/priority-list-of-unsealed-roads/
With the proposed new bus services between Warkworth and Silverdale, there is a possibility of stop at the toll booth area before the tunnels. This would allow a sort of ‘Park and Ride’ for Puhoi users. It’d be a 2km walk from the centre of the village with no footpath, so perhaps not a viable ‘bus service’ as such – but still could be a useful and cheap way of getting a bus into town if you can drive to the stop. Beth Houlbrooke (Local Board chair) is canvassing local opinion on this idea, so please get in touch with her with your thoughts so she can gauge support.
Beth says its unlikely that a more convenient stop for Puhoi (e.g. in the village or even at the gravel area across SH1) would be considered in the short term, but showing a need for a service will get us ‘on the radar’, especially as otherwise they might consider routing it down the new motorway later, with no possibility of a Puhoi stop as there’s no northbound entry/southbound exit [my thoughts – Mike]!
Please get in touch with Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook. There is a now a poll on the Puhoi Village People facebook page to register your interest too.
[ via Mahurangi Matters]
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is planning to reduce the speed limit on State Highway One around the Puhoi intersection early next year due to the high crash rate in the area.
NZTA is beginning consultation to extend the 80kph limit from the Johnstones Hill Tunnels to beyond the intersection with Puhoi Road.
NZTA Northland safety and network performance manager Tim Crow says it initially planned to install a responsive sign, which would only reduce the speed limit when a car on Puhoi Road approached the intersection. However, a traffic survey found that the high level of traffic would mean the sign would be activated almost permanently.
A crash reduction study found there were six crashes at the intersection between 2011 and 2015, resulting in two serious and six minor injuries.
“In all of the injury outcomes, the conflict occurred between traffic turning right out of Puhoi Road and northbound traffic on State Highway 1,” Mr Crow says.
A big thanks to Sarah Churchouse for getting 290 signatures (pretty much the whole village!) on her petition to get a more appropriate speed limit around the Puho SH1 intersection. There’s still time to give your support…
Check out this great little video too, made by Mahurangi Matters about our SH1 issue … https://www.facebook.com/Mahurangimatters/videos/1225438024153995/
Excellent presentation Kathy!
Puhoi is often used to film scenes requiring a heritage backdrop – I guess it looks a bit like New England but it’s cheaper. The odd traffic hold up is well worth the exchanging for the fame in my opinion – we were a bit late getting warning of the latest one, but the attached Activity Proposal makes an interesting read anyway! The filming is intended to end on Sunday may go on until Monday if the weather holds it up.
Sign the petition to get the speed limit on SH1 at the Puhoi junction reduced here