Planned Works & Road Closures

Planned works June 2019

6 June 2019 

2017 storm event flood damage recovery: Makirikiri Valley Road, Parihauhau Road and Mangahowai Road, Burma Hill Road, Creek Road

Pavement road maintenance: Longacre Road, Kauarapaoa Road (unsealed metalling), Rangitatau East Road (unsealed metalling), Parihauhau Road (unsealed metalling)

Unsealed road grading: Brunswick, Okoia, Whangaehu Valley Road and Fields Track areas

Intersection upgrade: St Hill Street/Maria Place

Tree removal: Victoria Avenue

Footpath renewal: Dublin Street, Balgownie Avenue walkway

Pavement reinstatement: Dublin Street

Mowing and vegetation treatment: Whanganui River Road

Stormwater: Mosston Road (Titoki Street to Mill Road), Mill Road

Raised platform to be installed at Maria Place/St Hill Street intersection

A section of Maria Place will be closed from Tuesday, 4 June 2019 until Friday, 28 June 2019 while a raised platform is built in St Hill Street.

The closure affects the part of Maria Place from St Hill Street to just before the Farmers’ carpark (which will remain open).

Vehicles will be unable to enter or exit the closed part of Maria Place during the work. Signs will be  in place.

The raised platform is being installed across St Hill Street at the intersection with Maria Place. This part of St Hill Street will be reduced to one lane during the work and controls will be operating.

Delays are likely and motorists are advised to use Wilson Street, Wicksteed Street or Watt Street as alternative routes.

Upgrade for traffic signals at Victoria Avenue/Ingestre Street intersection

21 May 2019

Traffic signals at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Ingestre Street are about to be upgraded.

Work is scheduled to begin in the first week of June, and is expected to take three weeks to complete.

The upgrade involves new underground ducts, cables and vehicle sensors as well as new traffic light poles and other above-ground equipment. There will also be minor changes to approach lanes to improve right-turn sight lines.

Separate streetlight poles close to the intersection will also be removed. Replacement streetlights will be mounted on the new traffic signal poles.

A traffic camera, to be monitored on a 24-hour basis by the New Zealand Transport Agency, will also be installed. A temporary roundabout will be in place for the duration of the work.

Mill Road gravel section to be temporarily closed from Monday, 6 May 2019

23 April 2019

The gravel-only section of Mill Road (between Rakau Road and Manuka Street) will be closed to all traffic from Monday, 6 May 2019 for about 12 weeks for stormwater upgrades.

Whanganui District Council contractors are installing large stormwater infrastructure as part of a Council project to allow for expansion of the 120-hectare Mill Road Industrial Zone.

The road closure is to allow contractors to work safely. Detours will be in place. Access from Mosston Road will still be available for Mill Road businesses, and cars and light vehicles will be able to use Mosston Road to access Castlecliff. The gravel section of Mill Road will be sealed later this year.

Thank you for your patience.

Mill Road stormwater upgrade

20 February 2019

As part of the stormwater upgrade to enable the expansion of the Mill Road Industrial Zone, a new stormwater system will be installed in Mill Road. Work began last week.

New pipes – 1200mm, 1350mm and 1600mm – will be installed along with manholes. The work is expected to take about seven months.

Speed restrictions and a one-way system controlled by traffic lights will be in place. Additional traffic management may be required and will be advertised.

Mosston Road restrictions
Stormwater upgrade


The Mosston Road stormwater pipe upgrade involves upgrading stormwater services to the Westborne Manufacturing Zone (Mill Road/Manuka Street). A concrete pipe, 1350mm in diameter is being built specifically for stormwater drainage to enable industrial development in the area.

As part of this work, access to several streets will be restricted until approximately July 2019. Temporary traffic management can be expected during these works.

Latest update

Here’s an update on the work which has been completed so far and what is yet to come.

The first part of this upgrade, which is the works at the intersection of Heads Road and Mosston Road, has been completed. The intersection will be sealed as soon as weather permits. This seal will be temporary but it will be upgraded with a more substantial material soon.

The stormwater main works at Hinau Street have also been completed and this section will also be permanently re-sealed within the next two weeks. The section of Mosston Road from Heads Road to Hinau Street will also be permanently sealed in due course.

The next section of road works to install more pipework will take place on Heads Road, from the Mosston Road intersection toward town for a distance of about 250 metres. This work is likely to be completed by late November 2019.

Following this work, another stormwater pipe will be installed along Heads Road toward Castlecliff for a distance of about 220 metres. This work is likely to be completed by February 2019.

What's ahead

Temporary traffic management can be expected in the following streets for the duration of the separation activity:

  • Heads Road (East of Mosston Road) from 6 August 2018 to 26 November 2018
  • Heads Road (West of Mosston Road) from 29 October 2018 to 18 February 2019
  • Ruapehu Street from 20 December 2018 to 11 March 2019
  • Kowhai Street from 4 February 2019 to 29 April 2019
  • Titoki Street from 8 April 2019 to 29 July 2019
Although we will try to minimise full road closures as much as possible, in some cases they can’t be avoided due to the nature of the work taking place.

These will be advertised in Community Link (the Council's page in the Midweek) and on this page.  

Pedestrian b​​​rid​​ge closure – Matipo Park

The pedestrian bridge at Matipo Park is closed because of safety concerns after a  structural inspection. 

The access track leading from Brunswick Road is locked and the car park is temporarily unavailable. Please contact the Parks Department on 349 0001 for further information.

There is signage at Matipo Park informing users about the closure of the bridge.​​​​

Page reviewed: 06 Jun 2019 5:06pm