Passing lane work starts

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Contract crews are set to begin felling trees along a stretch of State Highway 2 at Pakipaki from next Monday as the first part of a major project which will see a passing lane constructed.

The job is expected to take about two months and motorists travelling between Napier and Dannevirke are being advised that speed restrictions will be in place, along with a single lane at times and stop-go signals.

There will be slight delays.

Cable-laying projects are also under way on the same stretch, from Pakipaki to Te Hauke. While no delays are expected, motorists are advised that the road shoulders are closed and some speed restrictions could be in place. In the next three weeks pavement testing will be carried out on SH2 across the Takapau Plains by Auckland company Geotechnics using a mobile unit. No delays are expected.

Geotechnics are testing pavement on SH5 at the northern end of the Mohaka Bridge and between Eland and Glengarry Rd.

Drainage and general road maintenance crews are also working at several sites between Napier and Wairoa on SH2 with some slight delays expected.

Closer to town, work on the SH2 Pandora Rd/West Quay/Humber St roundabout is about a fortnight away from completion. Minor delays are expected and motorists heading north and south are advised to use the Prebensen Drive - Expressway as an alternative.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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