The majority of Hughes Line will reopen on Tuesday, but the section from Cornwall Rd to East Taratahi Rd will be closed to northbound traffic for two months until the SH2 roadworks are finished.
A temporary speed limit of 70kmh will be in place along the entire length of Hughes Line, and priority traffic signs, including one-lane bridge indicators, will be placed at the culverts, giving priority to southbound traffic.
Carterton District Council closed Hughes Line for repairs two weeks ago to reinstate the gravel shoulder and to address other maintenance issues caused by all the extra traffic diverting from the SH2 roadworks.
Before that, police reported an uptick in dangerous driving on the road, and the surface had deteriorated to such a state that motorists were shredding car tyres.
Hughes Line is set to fully reopen once the bulk of the SH2 roadworks wraps up in August.
Contractors will return to SH2 in December to lay the top asphalt layer and paint the final line markings.
Hughes Line resident Terry Craig said he was “generally happy” with the repairs and with the decision to close the road to northbound traffic.
“We’re pretty pleased with the work; the effect of all of it will be to reduce traffic volumes which will make the road safer,” he said.