There’s a big job ahead this summer on SH1-Desert Road and it will impact on travel times.

Work starts February 16th on repairing the Waihohonu Stream Bridge which was badly damaged in a truck incident last winter.

The Waihohonu bridge will be single lane until April with traffic under a stop/go and a 30km/h speed restriction.

There will also be two complete closures for about 36 hours on February 26th starting 7am and March 14th starting 7am weather permitting, with the recommended detour route around SH46, 47, 4 and 49. Not all of these options are suitable for Large trucks.

Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide them with traffic and travel information either before they’re travelling or when they’re on the road.

TLDR version:

Details of SH1 Desert Rd work
•First closure at Waihohonu Bridge 26 February from 7am for around 36 hours, weather permitting
•Second closure at Waihohonu Bridge 14 March from 7am for around 36 hours, weather permitting
•The road will be down to one lane at Waihohonu Bridge and there will be several other maintenance work sites along the Desert Road during this time so people should expect delays when travelling between Waiouru and Turangi.
•People should check the website or phone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS before travelling:
•The alternative route is State Highway 46, 47, 4, and 49. The detour could add around 40 minutes to a journey. This route is not suitable for vehicles over 44 tonnes, apart from 50MAX which is permitted. High productivity motor vehicles can use the SH3 and SH3A route between Hamilton and Bulls.


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