State Highway 29 at Hinuera (near Matamata) will be closed during the day for almost three weeks for road rehabilitation work.
From Wednesday 7 February until Monday 26 February the road will be closed between 6am and 6pm on weekdays, with traffic detoured north along SH27 and Hopkins Road. The detour is expected to add around 10 minutes to journeys along SH29.
Closing the road means the work will be quicker and safer than if Stop/Go was in place says Roger Brady, System Manager at NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA).
“Major roadworks will always be an inconvenience to small communities like Hinuera, however by closing the road we will keep this to a minimum by completing the work as quickly as possible,” Mr Brady says.
The section of road to be repaired is between the Allied Petroleum service station and Hinuera Road.
Access to properties and businesses with the closure zone will be maintained during the daytime closure, while Hinuera School can be accessed from Hinuera Road.
The road will reopen each night between 6pm and 6am with a 30km/hr speed limit as the surface will be unsealed. The road will remain open during the weekend, with the 30km/hr speed limit in place.
The work is scheduled to be complete on Monday 26 February however bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances may see this extended.
NZ Transport Agency thanks motorists for their patience.