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Whakatu Arterial Link News

Entire Whakatū Arterial Link road ready to take traffic

Ahead of schedule, the entire Whakatū Arterial Link road is ready to take traffic from 5am tomorrow.

18 December 2018

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Whakatū Arterial Link - Progress Update

Whakatū Arterial Link opens to traffic Wednesday 19 December.

17 December 2018

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Whakatū Arterial Link - Progress Update

Project is 95% complete and the first stage of the new Whakatū Arterial Link road will give access to traffic on 19 November as Ruahāpia Road begins a 2 phase closure.

15 November 2018

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Transition to new Whakatū Arterial Link begins

Work on the Whakatū Arterial Link is now 95 per cent complete, with traffic due to be redirected onto the new Pākōwhai roundabout to access Whakatū Rd as of Monday, November 19.

15 November 2018

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 26 September 2018

Work continues to progress well on the Whakatu Arterial Link route in preparation for its projected opening to motorists at the end of December this year.

26 September 2018

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Last Whakatu roundabout on its way

Despite the wet weather, work on the Pakowhai roundabout is proceeding with the whole of the Whakatu Link Route still expected to be completed by the end of the year. At present construction is mainly off the road, on the Pakowhai Regional Park side of the road. As with the first of the Whakatu roundabouts, on SH2 between Hastings and Clive, as much of the work as possible is being carried out off to the sides of the road before moving into the carriageway.

19 June 2018

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Last Whakatu roundabout underway

The entrance to Pakowhai Regional Park – the district’s most popular dog walking area - is temporarily moving to Farndon Rd from about mid-May. A start on the last major roundabout on the 3.5km Whakatu Arterial Link is about to get underway.

1 May 2018

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 26 January 2018

With the SH2 roundabout and the new bridge over the Karamu Stream completed, the focus of the teams working on the new Whakatu Arterial Link is now on the ‘peanut’ roundabout in the heart of the Whakatu industrial area.

26 January 2018

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 8 December 2017

Work on the Whakatu Arterial Link continues to go well; helped by the good weather. Site work will cease for the holiday break on December 21, with the teams back on January 8.

8 December 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 6 November 2017

Work on the new Whakatu Arterial Link route continues to progress well. Almost a year in, it is still expected that the project will be completed by December next year. The State Highway 2 roundabout is substantially complete with the new Pilcher Rd leg expected to be open towards the end of this month. Landscaping of the ‘legs’ and main part of the roundabout has also been done.

6 November 2017

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Building the bridge – it’s all go

Twenty four hollow concrete beams, each one weighing between 38 and 48 tonnes, are being lifted into place to form the new 45 metre bridge on the Whakatu Link Route. The work started today [October 5] and is expected to be finished by tomorrow. Two cranes, one 250 tonne and one 100 tonne, were on site for the tricky lift which required extreme precision by staff from Hastings company Concrete Structures.

5 October 2017

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Dressing the new SH2 roundabout

More than 13,000 plants will be planted along the new Whakatu Link Route, starting with 7000 going onto the new State Highway 2 roundabout, at Mangateretere, and the roads leading into it this month. Most of the remainder will go in during next year’s winter planting season as more sections of the route are completed. The plants are mostly natives including varieties of flax, coprosma, oi oi, griselinia and pittosporum, along with the hardy exotic plant species such as lomandra and Chinese star jasmine, all of which perform well in Hawke’s Bay’s hot dry summer conditions.

5 October 2017

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Whakatu reaches key milestones

The Whakatu Arterial Link project is about to achieve some major milestones with work on State Highway 2 (SH2) due to be finished in about three weeks and the completion of the Karamu Stream diversion.

The intersection at Pilcher Road/SH2 is

14 September 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 5 September 2017

Work on Pilcher Rd to improve the access to the new State Highway 2 roundabout is about to start.

5 September 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 14 August 2017

Traffic is flowing well since the full opening of the new Whakatu Link Road roundabout and the opening of Napier Rd earlier this month.

14 August 2017

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Whakatu update: Roundabout opening

The new Whakatu Arterial Link roundabout on State Highway 2 (SH2) will open this afternoon which

28 July 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 14 July 2017

Winter weather continues to make things tricky for the contractors working on the Whakatu Arterial Link route however the teams continue to push on.

14 July 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 28 June 2017

The move of the traffic onto the completed part of the new SH2 roundabout went well this week.

28 June 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 8 June 2017

About 75 per cent of the new State Highway 2 roundabout is almost completed with traffic expected to be moved onto it towards the end of next week. That will allow the contractors to complete the last quarter.

8 June 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 11 May 2017

Five months in, the work on the Whakatu Arterial Link is progressing as planned.

11 May 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 28 March 2017

Ongoing rain has continued to make life a little tricky however it is not expected to impact on the overall time frame.

28 March 2017

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Go slow at Whakatu Link roundabout

State Highway 2 at the site of the Whakatu Arterial Link will get slightly narrower from tomorrow as the construction of the new roundabout continues.

Work on the 3.5 kilometre route which heads across the fields through Whakatu to Pakowha

13 March 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 13 March 2017

Again heavy rain over the weekend has interrupted work, however at this early stage it is not expected to impact on the timeframes of the overall project.

13 March 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 20 February 2017

Heavy rain over the weekend has had a slight impact on the Whakatu Arterial Link project however it is not expected to make a difference over the life of the project.

20 February 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 7 February 2017

Work on the Whakatu Arterial Link road connecting State Highway 2 (SH2) with Pakowhai Road is going to plan.

7 February 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 16 January 2017

This fortnightly update on the Whakatu Arterial Link route lets the public know how the project is going and what to expect to see over the next couple of weeks.

16 January 2017

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Whakatu Arterial Link Update - 6 January 2017

Work on the Whakatu Arterial Link road, connecting State Highway 2 (SH2) with Pakowhai Rd, is about to start.

6 January 2017

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