Motorists reported that parts of SH2 between Masterton and Carterton were “disintegrating” shortly before 3pm on Thursday, with large chunks of tar seal flicking up onto cars.
A Waka Kotahi spokesperson provided the following comment in response to inquiries from the Times-Age.
“We received feedback from drivers about road surface problems on Thursday.
“The contractors responsible for the work, undertaken as part of the Masterton to Carterton Safety Improvements project, were notified. A temporary speed restriction of 30 km/h was implemented at the affected area to ensure road user safety and protect vehicles from damage. Drivers must follow these temporary speed limits, as driving too fast could cause further damage to the road and vehicles.
“Waka Kotahi understands Thursday’s incident will have been frustrating for residents and road users, and an investigation into the cause of the damage is underway. This is ongoing, and we do not have any findings or conclusions yet. However, finding out what happened and completing repairs are priorities for us.
“Waka Kotahi always encourages drivers to report issues they notice on state highways to us immediately. This is especially important when there is a potential safety risk to the public.
“This can be done via our contact centre on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS [0800 44 44 49] or our website.”