Kopu Bridge, just south of Thames on State Highway 25, will be closed to traffic at 08:00 p.m. tonight.
The closure will enable the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to carry out the permanent repair to the steel plate between the swing-span section of the bridge and the bridge deck.
A clearly signposted detour will be in place between 08:00 p.m. and 05:30 a.m. Wednesday 3 August.
Motorists travelling to and from Auckland will be directed to use SH2 and SH26 as an alternative to SH25 and Hamilton motorists will need to travel to and from Thames via Paeroa Tahuna Road and/or SH26.
The NZTA Acting Waikato State Highway Manager, Michelle Te Wharau advises motorists to either delay travelling until after 05:30 a.m. Wednesday or to allow an extra 30 - 40 minutes travel time by taking the alternative route.
The NZTA thanks motorists for their patience and cooperation during these works.
Maps detailing the detours:
Auckland to Coromandel:
Hamilton to Coromandel: