Matakohe detour in effect

An aerial view of the Matakohe highway diversion under construction

A new detour has taken effect this week at the State Highway 12 bridge replacement project at Matakohe, just south of Anderson Bridge, from Wednesday January 16.

All traffic is being diverted off SH12 on to Matakohe East Road. Vehicles will follow the detour through Matakohe, past Matakohe School and back on to SH12.

“The detour is approximately five kilometres long, and NZTA asks motorists to allow extra time, take care and keep to the temporary speed limits to keep everybody safe through the detours,” says the agency’s project delivery manager, Chris Hunt.

“The detour will allow the construction crew to form the new intersection into Matakohe and tie in the western end of the new alignment into the existing state highway.”

Together with an already existing diversion north of the Anderson Bridge, both detours will remain until the end of February when traffic will run along a section of the new SH12 alignment.

“The Matakohe Bridges project involves the construction of two new two-lane bridges across tidal estuaries along a new 2.5km alignment of SH12 through Matakohe.

“The new road alignment and intersections will remove tight curves and short straights and improve safety.”

The $26m project is expected to be completed in late 2019.


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