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Pukekauri Road aerial view, showing closure site, circled in orange. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/HDC

Culvert replacement closes Waikino road

The recent weather event has confirmed the urgency for Hauraki District Council to replace two culverts on Pukekauri Road, Waikino. 

Two separate culverts that run under the width of Pukekauri Road (culverts number 251 and 254) are ready for replacement, and replacing them now will help futureproof the road for residents and passing traffic and help avoid any sudden failure in severe weather events, council said.

The 10-week road closure is planned from Wednesday, February 8 to Wednesday, April 19. To access and replace each culvert, the section of road around the work site will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project.

Pukekauri Road residents and emergency services will still have full access to properties at all times, but some detours may be necessary, depending on if the property is before or after the road works, council said.

Traffic travelling from Tauranga to Waikino who use Pukekauri Road to bypass Waihi town can choose to use Waitawheta Road or remain on State Highway 2.

Council has engaged MS Civil to complete the work with a project cost of $820,000. MS Civil will set up on February 7, with the road closure to through traffic in effect the following day. Traffic management will be in place and operating throughout the project.

DETAILS: If you have any concerns or queries relating to this project, contact Hauraki District Council on 0800 734 834 (in district) or email