From Aideen Larkin [Aideen.Larkin@nzta.govt.nz] of NZTA:
"NZTA is about to start more improvements at Ngauranga to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely, particularly during the evening peak.
Works will begin in early February and involve improvements to the State Highway 2 (SH2) northbound on-ramp at Ngauranga to improve traffic flow and safety. This is the merge point where traffic travelling from Ngauranga towards Petone merges with SH2 just north of the Ngauranga Interchange. The work is part of stage 1 of the NZTA's Ngauranga to Aotea Quay project. These works include providing additional length to two lanes, improving roadside barriers and pavement markings, and improving the merge area with SH2.
The changes may appear relatively subtle but we expect them to make a noticeable improvement to how traffic flows and merges at this very busy on-ramp. The biggest difference will be for people travelling home towards the Hutt Valley during the evening rush hour from both Ngauranga and Wellington, easing the current queues and improving the safety of the merge. Weather permitting, the works should be completed by June 2013, but throughout this period traffic management measures will be in place which may cause delays.
During the construction period, cycle assess will be maintained and clearly sign posted. Cyclist are asked to take extra care during the construction period, and the NZTA thanks cyclist for their patience.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me."