Pukerito roundabout (the northern connection)

Pukerito is where the new Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway will connect with State Highway 1 (SH1) at the northern end, between Hudson Road and Kaipara Flats Road. Pukerito will be an important landmark, particularly to the residents of Warkworth and to travelers heading to and from Matakana, Whangarei, and the Far North.

The name Pukerito was gifted to the project by Hōkai Nuku. It can be translated as ‘middle hill’ and signifies the general area as a gully between two hills.


What are we doing?

Overview of the upcoming State Highway 1 road closures

The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth project will be undertaking pavement reconstruction and tie in works on SH1 between the Kaipara Flats Road, Goatley Road and Hudson Road intersections. For safety reasons, a section of the road will be closed during the night while this happens, signposted detours will be in place.

As our team progress works at Pukerito (Northern Connection), pavement reconstruction and resurfacing works are required. As part of these works, the intersection at Kaipara Flats Road, Goatley Road and State Highway 1 (SH1) has been upgraded. New barriers have been installed and an extra median lane will be introduced as part of the final design, allowing vehicles to safely merge when turning onto SH1 southbound.

This will require a night-time road closure on SH1 between the Kaipara Flats and Goatley Road and Hudson Road intersections on Monday 2 May for four nights with Stop/Go traffic management in place during the day, for five days. We will work closely with the project neighbours and there will be early warning signage to advise motorists ahead of the works.

Sunday 1st May

Nightshift– 9pm to 5am – Stop / Go (traffic still allowed through site)

Monday 2nd May

Dayshift– 5am to 9pm – Stop / Go (traffic still allowed through site) (Kaipara Flats Road intersection only)

Nightshift – 9pm to 5am – Road Closure (traffic sent though detour)

Tuesday 3rd May

Dayshift – 5am to 9pm – Stop / Go (traffic still allowed through site) (Kaipara Flats Road intersection only)

Nightshift – 9pm to 5am – Road Closure (traffic sent though detour)

Wednesday 4th May

Dayshift – 5am to 9pm – Stop / Go (traffic still allowed through site) (Kaipara Flats Road intersection only)

Nightshift – 9pm to 5am – Road Closure (traffic sent though detour)

Thursday 5th May

Dayshift – 5am to 9pm – Stop / Go (traffic still allowed through site) (Kaipara Flats Road intersection only)

Nightshift – 9pm to 5am – Road Closure (traffic sent though detour)

Friday 6th May

Dayshift – 5am to 9pm – Stop / Go (traffic still allowed through site) (Kaipara Flats Road intersection only)

All works for this operation are weather dependant – with work unable to be completed during wet weather. We will keep stakeholders informed of any changes as they happen.

What you need to know

When the full closure is in place, there will be a detour between Warkworth and Wellsford via State Highway 16, for those needing to travel at night. The detour could add up to 30 minutes travel time for some road users, so we advise planning travel over this time carefully and apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We will work closely with the project neighbours and there will be early warning signage to advise motorists ahead of the works.

Safety is our highest priority, and a reduced speed limit of 30km/h will be in place during the daytime stop/go, for the duration of these works. We ask that drivers keep to the temporary speed limit for the safety of our work crews and road users, drive to the conditions and don’t be distracted by work activity.

While we will try to limit disruption to traffic flows, road users should plan ahead by checking the Waka Kotahi journey planner https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/ before heading out and allow more time for their journey. 

Detour routes


Asset Maintenance & Management (AM&M) building

Located between Pukerito and Auckland Transport’s Matakana Link Road intersection is the Asset Maintenance & Management (AM&M) building. This is being built as a maintenance depot and office facilities for the ongoing maintenance and operation of this section of SH1.

The location was chosen next to the roundabout for ease of access to the main alignment and to provide better response times in case of emergencies on the motorway.


KEY FEATURES OF PUKERITO ROUNDABOUT INCLUDE:

  • A multi-lane roundabout with three exit points: The north-bound exit (onto existing SH1), the east-bound exit (heading towards Warkworth), and the south-bound exit (entering the new motorway)
  • Widening of existing SH1 between the new roundabout and the SH1/Hudson Road intersection to provide two lanes in each direction (plus additional for turning movements)
  • A left turn slip lane from the motorway to exiting SH1 (northbound)
  • A left turn slip lane from the existing SH1 towards Warkworth (eastbound)
  • A left turn slip lane from Warkworth towards the motorway (southbound)
  • A shared walking and cycling path

Traffic signals

Two signalised road crossings will be installed: one for Matakana Link Road and the other on SH1 South.

Landscaping

The wetland forest which previously occupied the low-lying ground on the approach to the roundabout from the south will be regenerated. Planting around the northern roundabout will be bold and will include a selection of locally relevant indigenous specimens.