Just circulating this reponse from Rosalyn Prictor at NX2 following communicating some concerns we expressed that the road was being shutoff to people trying to get back into the village before the advertised time:
We are progressing well with deck panel installation across Pūhoi Road and thank everyone for their continued patience.
I have received a number of concerns that the road closure is shutting early and that people have been turned around /not let through before the 9.30pm cut off time. I have talked to various people here at management level and have been assured that this will not happen.
I would like to mention that the signs and road cones are set up early and the road may look fully closed before the 9.30pm cut off time. Please pull into the slip lane and talk to our friendly traffic management guys/gals and tell them you live in Pūhoi and would like to get through. If there are any issues with this at the time, please call me on 0508 7295 4636 immediately and I will deal with that conversation for you, while you wait.
The road closure time is set at 9.30pm, this is a very firm closure time and traffic will not be allowed to pass after this 9.30pm. This is to enable us to still have enough time to do the required work.
If you have further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Night time Stop/go on State Highway 1 (SH1), north of Pūhoi. We’ll be carrying out night works to remove temporary barriers on SH1 north of Pūhoi. Stop/go traffic management will be in place on SH1, between Mahurangi West Road and Pūhoi Road. The works will be carried out over two nights starting Monday 13 July 2020. Stop/go will be in place between the hours of 9:00pm and 4:00am when traffic volumes are lower to minimise disruption. The work is expected to be completed by Wednesday morning, weather permitting. NX2 would like to thank drivers for their patience while we complete these works.
Further time is needed for the works near the northern end of Johnstones Hill tunnels. Our team will be continuing with the night works for two more weeks at the Hibiscus Coast Highway northbound on-ramp, it will be temporarily closed while we complete this work.
In case your’re planning excursions on the Puhoi River:
Our structures team will be installing large beams across the Pūhoi river soon. The first beam lift is planned for Friday 12 June and the second beam lift is planned for Monday 15 June, between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. These dates are weather dependant and may change. For safety reasons, the river will be closed off with a temporary visual barrier while this happens.
Pūhoi river will be temporarily closed during the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm for both days.
We ask that people please plan their river excursions for alternative days.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Locals may want to add their feed back to the below – without wanting to bias your thoughts, maybe the Auckland Fuel Tax, the Targeted Transport Rate and the existing Toll charges we are liable for may influence your opinion on whether the new motorway should be tolled…
We’re sending you this email on behalf of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, as you have an interest in the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway.
Waka Kotahi is working hard to ensure safe, resilient and reliable travel between Pūhoi and Warkworth.
We wanted to let you know about two consultations we are about to begin. We are proposing a toll for the new Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway and to ensure the alternative free route is safe, we are formally consulting on proposed lower speed limits for the current State Highway 1.
We want to know what you think of the tolling and speed limit proposals, and if there is anything we have not considered, before decisions are made.
Every new state highway in New Zealand, along with significant upgrades to existing state highways, is assessed to see if they meet the criteria to be tolled. An assessment completed last year confirmed that the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway is suitable to be a toll road. The motorway is scheduled to open at the end of 2021, but this may be delayed by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speed limit proposal
It’s also important that we’re ensuring the existing State Highway 1, the alternative free route, is safe. One of the best things we can do to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured on this road is reducing speed limits to make them safe and right for the road. That is why we have undertaken a review of the current speed limits on this road between L Phillips Road (near SheepWorld) and Pūhoi.
Have your say
As your feedback is important to shape what we do, we encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say.
I hope this email finds you safe and well, we acknowledge that although we are not 100% back to normal yet, level 2 is just around the corner and hopefully things keep heading in a positive direction.
Work is progressing well on the Okahu and Pūhoi viaducts and you can already see them taking shape. There is however more work to complete, there are a few separate scope of works happening over the next few months on or near Pūhoi Road. I’d like to update you on what works we have coming up. These works include:
Pūhoi road (intersection) widening, earthworks and culvert installation
Southern connection works, by the tunnels – road layout changes
Most of this work will happen during the day and may not affect some of you at all, although there will be increased truck movement on SH1 and Pūhoi Road intersection. For everyone’s safety some of the work is required to be done at night when traffic volumes are lower. Some work will require temporary night time road closures and others will require stop/go traffic management. I will advise you before each of these works are scheduled to start, with additional details.
As there will be heavy vehicles and machinery operating in the area, we do ask that you please ensure you follow the construction and temporary traffic management signs. These measures have been put in place to protect the safety of the community and work crews.
We thank you for your understanding while we complete this important work.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.