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Whakatū Arterial Link - Progress Update

We are nearly there!

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.

Work on the 3.5 kilometre route, linking State Highway 2 at Mangateretere with Pākōwhai Rd via the Whakatū industrial area, started in January 2017. It is designed to enable produce to be efficiently moved from the growing areas to processing facilities and onto routes to main export links. It will also remove heavy traffic from residential roads in Whakatū, making it safer for families, and resolve congestion issues on Ruahāpia Rd. It is the largest road-building project in Hawke's Bay since the construction of the Napier-Hastings expressway in 2001.


As of Monday 19 November Ruahāpia Road will be closed from the Pākōwhai Road entry/exit point.

Traffic will turn into the new Whakatū arterial link road at the new Pākōwhai roundabout to access Whakatū Road or SH2 via the remaining Ruahāpia Road segment.


During December the Ruahāpia railway crossing will be permanently closed to traffic [still open to cyclists and pedestrians].

The Whakatū Arterial Link road will fully open to traffic from SH2 and Pākōwhai Rd. We will update the community further on this final phase.  

Whakatu Map3

15 November 2018

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