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Bridge inspection work on Bay highways starting Saturday


The NZ Transport Agency is advising drivers to allow extra time for their journeys as bridge inspections are being carried out across the Bay of Plenty next week, with some delays expected on highway roads.

The inspections will be carried out on selected bridges on State Highway 2 (between Katikati and Tauranga), and State Highway 29 (between Tauranga and top of the Kaimais) from Saturday (22 March) until Monday (24 March).

The following bridges will be inspected with a lane closure in place:

  • SH29 Wairoa River (Ruahihi) Bridge (Saturday 22 March from midday)
  • SH29 Ngamuwahine Stream Bridge (Saturday 22 March from 1:30pm)
  • SH29 Tuakopai Stream Bridge (Saturday 22 March from 3:00pm)
  • SH2 Tauranga Harbour  Bridge, city bound (Sunday 23 March from 7:00am).
  • SH2 Wairoa River Bridge (Sunday 23 March from 9:30am)
  • SH2 Te Puna Stream Bridge (Sunday 23 March from 11:30am)
  • SH2 Waipapa Stream Bridge (Sunday 23 March from 1:00pm)
  • SH2 Te Rereatukahia Stream Bridge (Monday 24 March from 9:00am)
  • SH2 Aongatete Stream Bridge (Monday 24 March from 10:30am)
  • SH2 Whatakao Stream Bridge (Monday 24 March from 12:30pm).

The Transport Agency says a temporary speed limit and a manual stop/go traffic management will be used to direct vehicles around the inspection area.

These inspections will be carried out from a truck with a mobile platform to allow workers to access areas under the bridges.

The inspections are carried out as part of the Transport Agency’s annual bridge inspection programme. The work will be take place between 7.00am and 6.00pm, as long as weather conditions are favourable.

The Transport Agency wants to thank drivers in advance for their patience while this important inspection work underway, if motorists want to find out more about these road works or the detour route should go to our website at link); or free phone 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

For up-to-date state highway travel information visit or phone the Transport Agency's 0800 4 HIGHWAYS information line to get the latest updates or to report incidents or hazards on the state highways.  Alternatively you can sign-up via link) to receive free email alerts designed to inform you before you start your journey about notable incidents, road conditions or roadworks on the state highway network.

For more information please contact:

Glenda Dobbyn
Media Manager
Waikato and Bay of Plenty region

T: 07 928 7908
M: 021 021 67217