Daytime closure planned for Pekatahi Bridge

Pekatahi Bridge.

People travelling on State Highway 2 between Awakeri and Tāneatua from Monday, October 11, to Wednesday, October 13, are asked to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys, due to a closure of the Pekatahi Bridge for maintenance works.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises the closure will be between 8.30am and 4.30pm each day, while contractors undertake bridge deck and traffic signal maintenance.

"Due to the narrow width of the bridge, it needs to be closed to ensure this work can be carried out safely," says a spokesperson for the roading agency.

"The closure has been scheduled during the school holidays to minimise disruption to motorists."

There will be a detour in place through Whakatāne, with northbound traffic using Tāneatua Road, Arawa Road, Hinemoa Street and State Highway 30 towards Awakeri. Southbound traffic will use the same route, in reverse.

This detour is expected to take 20 minutes and is suitable for High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV).

"Outside work hours the road will operate as normal.

"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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