Road safety

Slips have closed SH59 (SH1), Paekakariki Hill Road, Pukerua Beach Road

Large slips today (16 December) have closed BOTH the main road SH59 (SH1 until T Gully opens) north of Pukerua Bay AND the Paekakariki Hill road. Note that the only way north is via SH2 through the Hutt Valley. Please take care and consider delaying your journey.

Slips have ALSO closed Pukerua Beach Road, and PCC engineers are assessing the site.

Waka Kotahi traffic updates:

SH1/Pukerua Beach Road barrier repair Wednesday night

Capital Journeys are repairing the barrier after it was damaged a couple of weeks ago and the work is scheduled for Wednesday night 10 November on State Highway 1 at the Pukerua Beach Road intersection.

There will be stop/go traffic control in place from 7pm to 5.30am. These works should not take all night and the noisiest work will be completed first. Working at night means there are fewer vehicles so the job can be completed quickly, efficiently and safely without causing major traffic delays.

Thank you for your patience while Capital Journeys make these road safety improvements in our community.

Map of the work area, corner of State Highway 1 and Pukerua Beach Road

Pukerua Bay tree blitz this week

There will be four to five nights of works commencing this week along Pukerua Bay State Highway 1 to attend to the roadside vegetation and trees. Works will start on Sunday night (31 January 2021) and expect to run through to Thursday night, weather allowing. All work will be done at night, progressing north to south, starting on Sunday night down by the 50 km sign at the bottom of the hill.

  • Wellington Electricity will be clearing trees from power lines,
  • Fulton Hogan will be cutting back roadside and footpath vegetation, and
  • Treescape will be removing some of the trees.

Details of the works are provided in the satellite map plans below.

SH1 shops footpath repair and widening finally underway

Contractors Mills & Albert have confirmed with PCC that they will be starting the widening and resurfacing of the shared SH1 footpath from the Pukerua Bay shops north to the overbridge next Tuesday, 19th of May. This was originally scheduled for 23rd of March, but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 lock-down.

The red line indicates the extent of the works, from the shops north to the overbridge. The blue line indicates the footpath diversion while the work takes place.

This $45,000 Porirua City Council village planning project has been in the pipe for at least ten years to improve the safety of pedestrian and cyclists along SH1. It is now going ahead with matched funding from NZTA to bring the total project funding to $90,000. This funding will allow bringing the pathway up to the required NZTA standard for shared pathways, in particular that it be a minimum of two metres wide.

The existing footpath path will be widened up to 400 mm in some places with wooden edging and retaining walls where necessary. In the three locations where the path is failing and slipping down the adjacent slope, a full width path reinstatement with be undertaken. At the end of the widening works, the widened areas will be full-width resurfaced.

The minimum NZTA standard width for a shared pathway is two metres.

Footpath diversion will be in place

Mills & Albert estimate the works will take 20 working days. During this time unfortunately a footpath diversion will be in place, similar to when the retaining wall was constructed last year, but for only 4 weeks. In addition, the shortcut to the shops across the school field will be cordoned off and unavailable while this work is being done.

You will also be able to go between the overbridge and the shops via Te Motu Road and the SH1 pedestrian refuge at the shops.

These signs from the retaining wall works will be reused.

Replacement retaining wall along coast road


The NZTA contractors have been busy little beavers lately, fixing the debris fence and retaining wall above Brendon Beach. Now, they’re about to start on the retaining wall on the sea side of the layby near the Three Sisters Rocks.

A new crib wall is being built on the seaward side of the lane between the two laybys to replace the one which has been almost destroyed by storms and constant strong wave action.

  • From Wednesday 10 July for three weeks — weather permitting.
  • Work will be conducted during the day.
  • The laybys and lane will become a worksite and will be closed to traffic.
  • Minimal impact on traffic — all work will be off the road but there will be trucks coming and going.
  • The shared path beside the road will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists throughout the works.

Metered traffic lights at Paremata Roundabout

Metered traffic lights for northbound traffic at Paremata Roundabout will be operational from Monday 1 July.

With the creation of an extra 72 car parks at Paremata Park and Ride, expected to be completed by the end of July, additional rail customers are likely to exit the Park and Ride at peak times.

Initially the lights will be set to operate between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays, and triggered when southbound or Park and Ride queues reach a certain length. Once they are triggered, the lights will hold northbound traffic for between 15 and 30 seconds, allowing southbound and Park and Ride traffic to enter the roundabout.

When the red light switches off, northbound traffic will be able to enter the roundabout for between 45-60 seconds, before the cycle starts again. This metered traffic light will have no green light and will only operate at certain times of the day.

NZTA will be actively monitoring how well the lights are operating in the weeks following their introduction. In the event queues get too long they have the option of immediately adjust the timing,or can turn them off completely. Give way rules will still apply.

You can stay updated on this project via the project website.

The full press release can be found on the NZTA website.