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Major works on SH2 Takitumu Drive left northbound lane


The NZ Transport Agency would like to advise motorists major roadworks will start this coming Monday 21 May along SH2 Takitumu Drive northbound between Elizabeth Street and Chapel Street.

Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says motorists can expect significant delays for the next three weeks and we are asking people to use an alternative route if possible. 

Most of this section of road is around 15 years old and this work will be to rebuild the left northbound lane which carries most of heavy traffic towards the harbour bridge.

“This road is very busy with around 25,000 vehicles using it per day, and at peak hour we can see up to 2,000 vehicles per hour.

“Our contractors will be working day and night six days a week to get the job done as efficiently as possible. 

“The work has been programmed to minimise noise at night as much as possible, but some people may hear machinery operating over night,” says Mr Campbell. 

We thank motorists, local businesses and the wider community for their patience during this time and ask drivers to take extra care when travelling through the work site.

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