The entrance to Gray Street from SH59 is on the PCC books for remediation over summer. As anyone driving over it will know the rate of deterioration seems to be increasing. Remediation works, digging out and are dependant on the ground under the new material being dry enough to be consolidated and ready to be asphalted. The road has been marked out for some time in preparation for the works.
PCC has advised that work on the SH59 and Pukerua Beach Rd starts tomorrow 25 November.
Pukerua Bay shared pathway – Stage Two improvements planned
Work to continue improving the shared pathway intersection connections through Pukerua Bay is due to start on Friday 25 November 2022 .
This work is Stage Two of a project that began last year.
The first part of this project will involve upgrades to the intersections at Pukerua Beach Rd, Haunui Rd, and SH59.
- In late 2022 – improvements to the intersections of Pukerua Beach Road and SH59, and Haunui Road and Pukerua Beach Road, to make them safer for pedestrians, cyclists and turning vehicles. This work will include narrowing both intersections by building out the kerbs, new road markings, dropped kerbs and improved pathway connections to improve access for pathway users.
- In early 2023 – improvements to the intersection of Wairaka Road and SH59 to make it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and turning vehicles. This work will include narrowing the entrance to Wairaka Road by building out the kerbs, new road markings, dropped kerbs and improved pathway connections to improve access for pathway users.
Extensive traffic management will be in place for all works so residents can expect some disruptions while the works are completed.
Porirua City Council is managing the project, which is 100 percent funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency through its programme of highway cycle improvements.
Stage One improvements completed
Stage one of this project was completed in July 2021.
It included the following improvements:
- Widening the zig zag pathway between Haunui Road and SH1 to make it easier for cyclists, particularly on the bends. This work included tree removal, re-asphalting the pathway and introducing holdrail in places.
- Improved pathway directional signage from the lookout at the northern end of Pukerua Bay to Porirua Railway Station.
- Pedestrian improvements through the northern lookout site.
*NB: In response to resident’s requests, extensive conversations were had with Waka Kotahi about installing a barrier or similar at the bottom of the zig-zag path to stop an errant rider from landing on SH59, however the barrier needed to be able to be compliant for vehicle drivers and not just provide protection for cyclists which meant that what was suitable for protecting cyclists was not safe or acceptable for the road environment and passing traffic. We have therefore opted to remove a couple of trees at the bottom of the zig-zag and widen the path to improve sightlines between path users at this pinch point.
Waka Kotahi has advised that further work is to be undertaken on the slipface just noth of the Northern Lookout.
You will have noticed work restarting on the slip face north of Pukerua Bay.
Phase 2 of the coast road slip control project is about to get underway.
Two stop/goes during the daytime this week on the coast road are a taste of things to come.
The work won’t have much impact on traffic at first – just the shoulder closed with the current 50km/h speed restriction continuing on.
The Phase 2 hillside stabilisation and safety project follows the earlier work to stabilise the hillside where a large slip in late August closed the road for several weeks.
This second phase of work will strengthen the earlier slip control work and will include drilling drains to improve drainage, installing mesh and soil anchors in some areas, and spraying a concrete surface (shotcrete) over others.
- December stop/go
From 6 December, stop/go traffic control will be in use fulltime day and night until the Christmas/New Year break, then will resume on Monday 9 January through to Friday 27 January.
Only one lane will be open and traffic lights will control the flow of vehicles.
Road users should expect delays.
However, we will be directing through-traffic to use the alternative route of SH1 Transmission Gully and leave this area of SH59 to the locals as much as possible.
There will be a break from the works over Christmas and New Year when both lanes will be open.
Pedestrians and cyclists can continue using the path beside the seawall throughout the project, though they should be aware there may be times when our traffic controllers ask them to wait.
While the contractors are busy with this hillside stabilisation work, we will take the opportunity to reseal sections of State Highway 59 between Plimmerton roundabout and Pukerua Bay.
The resealing will take approximately 4 days and is planned for early December.
We will send you more information when the resealing dates are confirmed. Regular updates will be sent on progress with the Phase 2 hillside stabilisation project.
FYI – please see the media release below on the Pukerua Bay slip site for you to share. Please contact us with any queries.
Kerry du-Pont, Anita De Klerk & Lynsey Morgan / Customer Communications and Engagement Team
Wellington Transport Alliance
21 November 2022 9:20 am | Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
More work is planned to stabilise a slip face on State Highway 59, Pukerua Bay, on the Kāpiti Coast.
The section of highway was closed for around four weeks in late August and early September for slip clearing and stabilisation work.
Mark Owen, Regional Manager Wellington/Top of the South, says phase two of repair works at the site begins this week.
“It will strengthen the earlier slip control work and includes drilling drains, installing mesh and soil anchors in some areas, and spraying a concrete surface (shotcrete) over others.”
“We know regular users of the road and local residents have noticed the effect the weather has had on the earlier repairs. It was always our intention to do more work at this site. Keeping this vital transport link maintained and resilient is a priority”, Mr Owen says.
Contractors will get the work underway this week from Monday, 21 November. There will be stop/go traffic control in place for two days while concrete barriers are placed on the road shoulder to protect the work site. This should not have a major effect on traffic flows as vehicles will be able to move freely while work is done behind the barriers
The main works will begin on 6 December under fulltime stop/go traffic management. Mark Owen says this will affect road users more.
“Only one lane will be open, and traffic lights will control vehicle access. It means there will be delays on this part of State Highway 59. We recommend drivers detour via State Highway 1, Transmission Gully, while this project is underway.”
- 21 November to 6 December
- Stop/go traffic control for 2 days to install shoulder closure
- Then 50km/h speed limit with road shoulder closed
- Slip stabilisation works
- 6 December – 20 December
- One laned open and stop/go traffic control will be in use full time, day and night
- Slip stabilisation works
- 9 January – 27 January
- One laned open and stop/go traffic control will be in use full time, day and night
- Slip stabilisation Works
Waka Kotahi has advised that the railway overbridge will be resurface Thursday 27th between 7:00 pm and 5:30 am (Friday Morning.
We would like to advise you of night-time resurfacing on State Highway 59 at the Pukerua Bay railway overbridge programmed for Thursday night, 27 October between 7pm and 5.30am.
Traffic will be managed with stop/go traffic control during the works.
We are again having direct access to the north, and work is continuing—so keep to the lowered speed limit. The latest from Waka Kotahi follows.
State Highway 59 between Pukerua Bay and Paekākāriki is now OPEN.
There are still active work sites along this corridor, so please take care and keep to the restricted speed limit for the safety of road users and crews.
We thank you for your patience.
Anita De Klerk, Wellington Transport Alliance
Waka Kotahi has issued an up-date on SH59 as at 11.42 today, saying the road will remain closed until further notice.
Radio NZ reported the road will re-open on Thursday.
SH 59 will not be re-open on Monday 12 September. There is more work to be undertaken. Waka Kotahi has provided the below up-date
Crews are working 24 hours daily to get State Highway 59 between Pukerua Bay and Paekākāriki reopened next week.
As of this morning, Friday, 9 September, 19,000 cubic metres, approximately 2500 truckloads of earth has been removed from the site as part of slip remediation, and slope benching works. Another 6,000 cubic metres, almost 800 truckloads, is to be removed this weekend.
Weather permitting, earthworks will be completed early next week.
The final part of the operation will be clearing the work site, installing edge barriers and reinstating the road before reopening safely to the public, which will take an additional 2-3 days.
On Monday, 12 September Waka Kotahi will provide an update on the expected timeframe for reopening the road.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Ngā mihi, Anita De Klerk (she/her)/ Customer Communications and Engagement Advisor
After the success of this event at the last Local Body Elections we are doing it again. Candidates for PCC Mayor, Parirua Maori Ward, Pauatahanui General Ward and GWRC Porirua-Tawa Ward have been invited to introduce themselves to the community then face up to questions (feel free to send a question to firstname.lastname@example.org but do indicate if it’s aimed at Mayoral, Regional or PCC candidates).
The meeting will be in the School and Community Hall starting at 7 pm and finishing at 9 pm with the opportunity to mingle and talk more to the candidates after the Q & A session.
If you’re inclined bring a plate.
Waka Kotahi has provided a further update. It is anticipated State Highway 59 will re-open Monday 12 September if work goes smoothly.
SLIP CONTROL, PUKERUA BAY HILLSIDE SAFETY PROJECT: UPDATE 2 September 2022
Since Friday 26 August,excavators have cleared the unstable overhang above the slip face and relocated the spoil using multiple trucks. Excavators are working at the top and bottom of the hillside to remove vegetation and soil to create a slope that will be stable long-term, rather than do a quick temporary clean-up. Benches (steps) are being formed along the hill to capture debris, like the benches seen on the Ngauranga Gorge hillside. Approximately 15,000 cubic metres will need be removed – that’s over 2300 truckloads of earth – with 7000 cubic metres already having been removed as at Thursday afternoon 1st September.
Multiple crews are working 10 hours a day, seven days a week to complete the safety project in as short a time as possible to minimise the impact on people’s journeys. To minimise customer impact from our maintenance activity for the next year, the closure between Pukerua Bay and Paekākāriki has been used by many crews to undertake scheduled maintenance work, such as road and barrier repairs, high risk tree removal and pruning along with drain clearing.
Work has also started on making the Pukerua Bay lookout at the top of the hill safe, where two slips have undermined footpaths.
When can the road reopen to the public?
It is hoped that the road could reopen on Monday 12 September 2022, if all goes smoothly. The safety project team continue to assess the site daily to seek potential opportunities to allow limited public access past the site. Meanwhile the road remains closed to all users.
Occasional planned and carefully coordinated escorts for any train replacement buses is occurring when needed, to maintain this vital link for people. Limited access has also been maintained between Pukerua Bay and Paekākāriki for cyclists and pedestrians who are able to use Pukerua Beach to access the path at the bottom of the hill. However, they need to exercise caution for the uneven surface and high tides.
Thanks for your patience and understanding while this essential work is carried out.
Please contact: email@example.com with your queries.
The next update on the re-opening of SH59 between Paekākāriki and Pukerua Bay will be provided on Friday 2 September. From Wellington NZTA:
The hillside continues to be assessed daily to ensure safe access to cyclists, vehicles and pedestrians can be restored. Residents can continue to access Pukerua Bay from the south and Paekākāriki resident access is from the north. All other road users to continue using SH1 as an alternate route.
We know these works are inconvenient and thank the community for their patience!