News | 14 May 2019
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Multiple roadworks may cause disruption around Kaiwharawhara and Ngaio Gorge

Residents, commuters and businesses in Kaiwharawhara and Ngaio Gorge areas can expect some disruption on the roads over the next couple of months as crews are busy with renewal and resilience related roading projects.

Car stopped at intersection by roadworker.

Crews are working on Kaiwharawhara Road, Ngaio Gorge Road, Old Porirua Road and the Hutt Road. Wellington City Council Transport and Infrastructure Manager Siobhan Procter says the work will cause some disruption but is critical to keep the road safe and in good condition for all road users.  

“By coordinating multiple work sites in this way we can reduce the duration of the work and therefore minimise disruption to road users,” says Siobhan. “I would like to remind all road users, whether you’re a cyclist, pedestrian or in a vehicle, please take extra care through the work sites, for your safety and the safety of our road crews.” 

We advise local residents of when we are working through letter drops and using mobile electronic sign boards to alert through traffic of when we are working.

Ngaio Gorge geotechnical investigation work – on-going

Geotechnical investigation work on the Ngaio Gorge Road slip is making good progress according to project manager Sarath Amarasekera.

“We’ve completed the first phase of this work which was to remove loose rock from the slope,” says Sarath. “We’re now surveying the slip zones and starting drilling into the slope.  The road is open but we will at times have to use stop/go traffic so that crews can access the slope.

“So far the weather has been kind and we’ve made great progress.  People have been very understanding, which has made our job a lot easier. We recognise that restricting traffic or closing the road is disruptive and we want to thank people for their patience and understanding.”

Hutt Road maintenance work – on-going (three weeks)

Crews are working in the northbound lanes over the next few weeks, doing regular maintenance work and road repairs. This will require one lane to be closed and a reduced speed limit through the work area.

Old Porirua Road Improvement works – starting Monday 20 May (approx. 4-6 weeks)

Significant works are planned for Old Porirua Road, with crews improving drainage by installing new sumps, kerb and drainage channels.

The road will be closed for approximately four to six weeks during week days so that crews can do the work.

“This is a very narrow and winding road and it would be dangerous to keep the road open while crews are working,” says project manager Nistar Idris. 

“We need daylight to do this work and there simply isn’t space for crews to work and keep the road open to all traffic, which is why the road will have restricted access for residents only, emergency vehicles, and visiting trades people or deliveries such as couriers or taxis.”

Kaiwharawhara Road resurfacing work – end of May (3-4 days weather dependent)

Crews are resurfacing Kaiwharawhara Road from near where it joins Hutt Road through to Old Porirua Road. 

Crews will be working during the day between 9am and 4pm. Outside of these hours there will be no work on the road and both lanes will be fully open. 

While crews are working, the road will be down to one lane with traffic controlled by stop / go. The new road surface then needs approximately four weeks to cure (set) and then the bus lanes green lane marking will be painted.