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Paekākāriki Hill Road closed this Friday afternoon

Paekākāriki Hill Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic from noon this Friday 19 October, finishing at around 9.00pm or when traffic eases on State Highway 1.

The NZ Transport Agency in collaboration with NZ Police, Kapiti Coast District and Porirua City Council are making the Labour Holiday Weekend closure of Paekākāriki Hill Road at Grays Road intersection and at the intersection with SH1.

Extra traffic using Paekākāriki Hill Road at this time are at a higher risk of accidents, both on the steep, winding road and when merging with holiday traffic at Paekākāriki on SH1.

A significant number of vehicles also use the hill road as a shortcut, and exit on to SH1 at Paekākāriki at the start of busy holiday periods, where they cause significant delays for southbound and northbound highway traffic.

Paekākāriki Hill Road residents and others working or visiting properties on the hill road will be able to enter from SH1 at Paekākāriki and Pauatahanui. However, if leaving a property on the hill road, they cannot exit on to SH1 at Paekākāriki during the temporary closure and should use an alternate route such as Grays Road at Pauatahanui.

Emergency services will have full access to the road at all times.

The NZ Transport Agency thanks road users in advance for their understanding and patience.