SH1 overnight closures between Taupo and Turangi next month for resurfacing works

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 10, 2020

Road resurfacing work to improve the quality and longevity of State Highway 1 at Te Poporo/Bulli Point and Te Toki Point, south of Taupo, will commence next month.

This work is a continuation of the resurfacing undertaken mid-October, which was unable to be completed due to poor weather.

Full road closures between Taupo and Turangi will take place on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December between 7pm and 5am. On Friday 11 December the road will be open under stop/go traffic management with a 30kph temporary speed limit in place.

During the road closures, access south of the Taupo Airport roundabout, or north of the intersection of SH1 and State Highway 41 will be for residents only, with a detour in place for all other traffic via SH41, State Highway 32 and Poihipi Road. Emergency services will have full access through the work site during the works.

While the road closure will be in place from 7pm, NZTA encourages motorists to complete their travel well before then as the contractors will be setting up traffic management from 6pm and this may cause delays.

Outside these hours the road will be open for traffic in both directions as normal.

Detour information

  • From Turangi, the northbound detour will be via SH41, on to SH32 and then Poihipi Road to Taupo. Through traffic heading north should use SH32 to Tokoroa. The southbound detour will be in reverse.

  • For a journey between Turangi and Taupo the detour will add an extra 40 to 45 minutes over and above the normal 45-minute journey time via SH1 Turangi to Taupo. The total travel time is approximately 1.5hrs.