Expect delays due to SH2 tree felling

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising tree removal and maintenance works will take place on State Highway 2 next week.

Tree removal works begin on Sunday, June 13 west of the SH2/Francis Road intersection with further works on tree maintenance on taking place from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 June north of the SH2/Sharp Road intersection.

The removal work on Sunday is to remove dead trees posing a safety risk and will be undertaken between 6am and 1pm. The works are planned for the weekend to minimise the impacts on traffic, however, delays are expected.

Northbound traffic can bypass the tree felling work via Youngson Road, Old Highway and Esdaile Road. This route is not suitable for heavy vehicles. There is no alternative route available for southbound traffic.

Stop/Go traffic management will be in place with a 30km/h temporary speed limit. Our contractors will be actively working to minimise delays as much as possible.

Tree maintenance work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week, north of the SH2/Sharp Road intersection, on an existing shelterbelt will be undertaken between 8.30am and 3.30pm each day.

Lane shifts will be in place with a 50km/h temporary speed limit. For safety reasons, short duration road closures will be required at several points throughout the work.

“Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signage,” says a Waka Kotahi statement.

“In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.”

Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website ( for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

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