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 #138369  by petercw
 Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:23 pm

The first of two 36-hour closures of SH1 Desert Road will start on Wednesday, 7 March at 7am through to Thursday 8 March at 7pm. This is needed for a concrete deck pour on the Waihohonu Stream bridge. The detour route around SH46, 47, 4 and 49 and is not suitable for all larger trucks.

The bridge was damaged by a truck rollover last winter and has been down to a single-lane under stop/go control since repair work started last month. A second 36-hour closure is planned for April 4 with the work to be completed later in April.

For more information on the project please read the latest update: and media release: ... next-week/ ^HJ
 #138376  by zl1dt
 Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:04 pm
Came back from Wellington yesterday, decided to go via Ohakune - Turangi. A much more pleasant drive than the Desert Road, a lot less stress and only a bit longer in time. (I am not in a hurry!) :)
 #138749  by petercw
 Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:23 am
From the news
SH1 Desert Rd to close tomorrow (Thu 15 March) for 2 days, weather permitting. Plan for alternative route or delay your journey.
 #138812  by petercw
 Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:07 pm
The State Highway 1 Desert Road closure which was scheduled for today has been rescheduled for Monday 26 March.

The road will be closed to enable the concrete deck to be poured on the Waihohonu Stream Bridge. The bridge was damaged in a crash last year.

NZTA Waikato Transport Systems Manager, Karen Boyt, says the closure of the Desert Road was postponed after a problem with the scaffolding was spotted during the final health and safety check.
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