Road works and closures

Approved road closures

Road closures for Pinehaven Road and Sunbrae Drive

As part of the ongoing project to replace culverts in the Pinehaven area, Pinehaven Road and Sunbrae Drive will be closed while this work is completed. 

Update 17 November 2021: Sunbrae Drive is now open.

Vehicle detour route for Pinehaven Road - work is due for completion early in 2022.

During this time there will be detours in place for both vehicles and pedestrians. 

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The pedestrian access will be clearly signposted and maps of the altered routes are available on the project web page. For your safety please follow the marked routes and take care as you pass by the work sites.

There will be alterations to the 115 bus route and temporary bus stops in place. Please go to https://www.metlink.org.nz/news-and-updates/service-changes/detours-and-closures/#huttvalley for details.

For maps and to find out more about the project, please visit our project web page,or contact the team at Downer (who is managing this project on our behalf) at:

Belinda Mackenzie-Dodds
Stakeholder Manager | Infrastructure Projects
M - 021 826724 or 0276502226
E - Belinda.Mackenzie-Dodds@downer.co.nz

 

Temporary Road Closure of Karapoti Road Saturday 5 March 2022

Karapoti Rd will be closed to traffic on Saturday 5 March 2022 from 9.30am to 4pm for the Karapoti Classic mountain bike event.  Extreme weather postponement date is Sunday 6 March 2022.  Access for residents will be managed by event marshals.

Michael D. Jacques
Event Manager
Ph: 0275 244 821

 

Temporary Road Closure of Wallaceville Road Sunday 27th February 2022

The following road will be closed to traffic on Sunday 27th February 2022 from 8.00am to 5.00pm for the annual Wallaceville Hillclimb Motorsport event:

  • Wallaceville Road, from approximately 50 metres uphill of the Wallaceville House driveway to the intersection with Gorrie Road. Traffic in the valley will be redirected at the Wallaceville Road, Mangaroa Valley Road, Whitemans Valley Road intersection.

Road closure applications seeking approval 

  Currently, there are no new road closure applications seeking approval.

 

Major roadworks in progress

From time to time a temporary road closure may be required to allow for physical road works and local events. There may be some disruption to traffic as speed is reduced while going through or next to a work site. Stop/go traffic flow will be in place where required. All work is weather dependent and time-frames may extend due to this.

This work is weather dependent.

You can view ALL maintenance work for Wellington and Wairarapa on the NZTA website

 

Katherine Mansfield Drive Upgrade

Background

The first section of Katherine Mansfield Drive was upgraded and properly formed when a subdivision of rural lifestyle blocks was created in the mid-1980s. A small number of houses along a section of unformed public road beyond the end of the formed road gained access from the end of Katherine Mansfield Drive by way of an access formed over private property linking the two pieces of public road.

Council started the process of acquiring the private section of road in 2008. This was done in order to address a problem that had arisen with subdivision applications having been received that Council could not refuse, where the properties did not have a viable access from a formed road.

Because the existing properties had easements over the private section of road that had to be relinquished before it could be vested as public road, Council had to negotiate with both the landowner (No.286F) and also the other property owners with rights-of-way. Negotiations took until December 2014, and the land was declared road in March 2015.

During that time the private property owners ceased maintenance of the access and the standard of the existing carriageway deteriorated significantly. Council was ultimately forced to step in and taking over maintenance of the private road before it was handed over to prevent complete deterioration of the existing road formation. As part of the negotiates the property owners also required that the road be repaired and resealed.

Since the access has been vested as public a number of small subdivisions have created new properties along the road. The increased traffic has increased wear on the road and has also increased the risks associated with the

The road formation having previously been a driveway was never been properly constructed, and lies on a thick peat layer. As a result, it has been subject to continuous failure, both before and after it became public road. Construction on peat is an extreme technical challenge, with a number of significant issues to be taken into consideration. In particular there is a need to have construction work is carried out when the soil is not saturated to ensure that full compaction is achieved, and allowing the completed formation time to settle and be releveled to achieve the smoothest possible finish. This has meant that the work has been targeted as summer and autumn construction periods to minimise the future risk.

The construction work was initially tendered in 2019 and the contract was awarded to Roils Contracting.

During the period there have also been delays with Greater Wellington’s interpretation of the status of the roadside open drains two COVID 19 lockdown periods. These have affected the ability of the Contractor to programme the work with certainty.

FAQ

  • We've heard the speed limit will be 60kph, is that true?

    The current speed limit is 60kph. At this time there is no proposal to change it.

  • How wide will the road be?

    The upgraded road will be 7.0 metres wide as far as the turning head. As discussed above the design for the section beyond that is still being discussed.

  • We've heard there will be a footpath, at least along the section of the road from the second 90 degree corner to the entrance to North Valley Estate - is that true?

    Along that section where the road has been moved sideways away from the open drain we are looking at how viable it is to use the old road formation to create a shared path. While a path would initially be isolated from the rest of the valley it would provide a local link between properties in the area, and could form part of a wider network in the future.

  • Will there also be a footpath on the rest of the road?

    At this time, it is not planned to extend the path beyond the extent set out. This is something that will be consulted on as part of the rural shared paths programme.

  • We're concerned that the nature of the road (ie wide, straight and flat) will make it a magnet for boy racers. What measures are being considered to deter illegal and/or anti-social driving behaviour

Unfortunately that type of behaviour occurs on many roads around Upper Hutt, and there are few effective options to address it other than police enforcement.

Works Update 1 – June 2021
  • Work on the first section of road (approximately 500m) adjoining where the road side drain is to be relocated will be very weather dependent due to consent conditions. Work will be done as and when conditions enable this to occur. The road surface will be regularly maintained and kept in a safe condition.
  • From the corner to the bush, will be dug out in sections and reinstated. This will be weather, materials and resource dependent. Each sector, once completed will be maintained.
  • Subject to subdivision consent conditions and consultation with affected parties the section of road from the bush to the subdivision will be completed and pavement maintained.
  • When the pavement has been completed and allowed to settle/consolidate the surface shall be chip sealed. It is expected that this will be early in the New Year.
Works Update 2 – 16 August 2021
  • Contractor has demobilized at this stage due to weather conditions but will maintain the site.
  • Work on the first section (letterboxes to midway on first straight) is complete except for trimming and planting of berms, relocation of a power pole and telecom pillar.
  • Weather at present is preventing further work on drainage at the site.  This work will recommence when it dries out - maybe late September / October.
  • We are currently working on a resource consent for culvert upgrades/renewals. Once approval is received and conditions improve, we will program this work.
  • We are looking at the removal of exotic trees in the roading corridor which may affect the build or cause long term issues with the road. While we could do this work in current weather it would likely make a mess of the berms, so this will be delayed.
  • Once we get settled weather on the widened section, we can prepare the road and get the first section sealed.
Works Update 3 – 4 November 2021

Roil Contracting were able to confirm that they would be resuming work on Katherine Mansfield Drive next week.

The work to be done in the upcoming weeks is:

A.     The first section of road that was widened has been tested and is ready for the final dressing and sealing.

B.     The culvert at the second right hand bend will be upgraded and extended. The culvert is being lengthened to ease the corner and to move the inlet and outlet away from the road edge. Both of  these are being done for safety reasons. Easing the corner will help reduce the occurrences of vehicles crossing the centreline, while moving the ends away from the road will reduce the chances of a car that leaves the road driving into the drain. Replacing the culvert is necessary to comply with the resource consent conditions imposed by Greater Wellington.

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C.     The next section of road, that has already been widened, will continue to be monitored and will sealed once it has completed its settlement and is confirmed as ready.

D.     The final section of formed road will also be widened over the coming months. As with the previous section the new road will be moved away from the open drain to reduce the problems caused by the high watertable, particularly in winter. The work will also include removing the trees at the start of this section and increasing the length of the small culverts along its length. The culvert at Black Creek will also need to be extended.

E.     As part of the development at the end of the road, the developer will be forming the currently unformed section of road beyond the turning head. The final design for this section is still being resolved.

Works Update 4 – 10 December 2021

With the fast approach of Christmas, there are three main parts to the work at present:

A.     The first section of road is scheduled to be chipsealed on 17 December. Roils are currently working as fast as possible, given the recent poor weather, to have the base ready for this date. The important things to note about this are:

  • This is the only date prior to Christmas that Fulton Hogans are available to carry out the work, as they are fully booked. Sealing is dependent on weather, so if the work is not carried out on Friday it will not be sealed until a new time slot is available in the new year.
  • Once the sealing has been carried out, a 30 km/h temporary speed limit will be in place. This is both to allow time for the chip to bed in under traffic loading and for safety. The speed limit will be in place over the Christmas period, and it will stay in place until the road is swept.
  • This is a first coat seal. It works in a way similar to a primer or undercoat of paint by preparing the surface for the top coat. As a result, there may be some variations in the surface texture, the appearance, and the wear of this chipseal. These may include loose chip and other defects. This will be addressed when the second coat seal is applied either at the end of this summer or next spring.

B.     A contractor will be removing some pine trees and cutting back other trees in preparation for road construction continuing around the corner after Christmas.

C.     The remaining sections of road will be tidied up to carry them over the Christmas break.

Maintenance and contact details

We will have the contractor maintain the road, there may be some delay due to the demobilization and weather conditions.  Please provide information thru the web site askus@uhcc.govt.nz or UHCC customer services on 04-527 2169 if there are problems.

 

 

 River Road Improvements

Silverstream intersection to Moonshine Road 

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will resume its improvement programme for State Highway 2 River Road from 9 January 2022. This follows last January's works and includes restoring deteriorating sections of the highway for the safety of road users.

Riverstone Terraces and Moonshine Hill Road residents - Traffic supervisors will assist with access to and from the suburb.

Planning your journey - Travellers should expect delays night and day, particularly during peak commuting times. If possible, plan your journeys to avoid the peak commuting times of 7am – 9am and 4.30pm – 6.30pm.  Commuters are advised to take the train to avoid delays, if possible.

For more information SH2 Roadworks River Road Upper Hutt Jan 2022(PDF, 533KB)

Roadworks may be postponed due to weather conditions or unforeseen factors that disrupt our weekly schedule. To check, please visit: https://journeys.nzta.govt.nz/wellington/road-works or listen to information broadcast throughout the day on major Wellington radio stations.

For more information on the River Road project, email Lynsey Morgan, lynsey.morgan@capitaljourneys.co.nz or phone 027 202 1670

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UFB installation

Chorus is working in Upper Hutt to rollout Ultrafast Broadband and the Rural Broadband Initiative. Fibre can deliver large amounts of data further and faster than the copper cables that traditionally deliver telecommunications services.

At least three weeks before UFB work starts in your street, residents will receive a leaflet and a letter letting you know of work coming up and the impact on your area.

When Chorus has finished laying fibre in your street you need to contact a telecommunications service provider to order a UFB-based service. They place an order with Chorus who will then organise a suitable time to come to your home and connect you to the new fibre network.

You should talk to your current service provider first. If they have not launched their UFB-based products use the link in the Resource & Links section to find out where you can get UFB based services from.

Chorus has a new Rollout and Service Availability Map which shows you the first three years UFB rollout and five years of RBI, including rural schools. This means you can check on the progress of their planned network upgrades, including UFB and RBI, and find out what services are available to you. 

For more information including ‘where you can get UFB based services’ from and  ‘rollout and service availability map’ visit the Chorus website

Water supply and wastewater projects

For information on water projects in and around Upper Hutt, please visit Wellington Water Projects

Forward Works Programme

If road resurfacing works are planned for your street, we’ll let you know closer to the time. You will receive a preliminary notice in your letterbox at least 48 hours beforehand advising you of the dates and times.

There may be changes to the programme with sites added or deferred to a later year to accommodate necessary scheduling.