Puhoi residents are facing lengthy night-time detours along narrow, metalled roads over the next two weeks, with motorway bridge works partially blocking Puhoi Road, near its junction with SH1.
NX2’s structure team is working overnight to install large metal cross beams, girders and bracing on the Arawhiti ki Puhoi Bridge, which will cross Puhoi Road alongside the existing highway.
The bulk of the work is taking place between 9pm and 4.30am from Sunday to Thursday, from now until March 20. This week, the road was scheduled to be partially closed with stop-go boards, but NX2 is now saying it will remain open all night, all week. At this stage, the road will then be closed completely between 9pm and 4.30am from Sunday to Thursday, March 8 to 12, and March 15 to 20. However, wherever possible, workers will use stop-go boards instead.
Anyone wanting to get into or out of Puhoi during those hours will have to travel via the narrow Krippner, Noakes Hill and Upper Waiwera Roads south of Puhoi, or Ahuroa Road out to West Coast Road heading north.
A number of residents voiced concerns on social media over the safety of these alternative routes, especially the southbound detour, which is known locally as “the goat track”.
NX2 said it acknowledged the inconvenience of the works to motorists and Puhoi residents and thanked them for their understanding while it carried out the essential girder installation.
There will be no night works on any Friday or Saturday nights to allow access to the Puhoi pub and sports club.