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Plan ahead to avoid closures and scheduled work in Waikato and Bay of Plenty

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The Transport Agency is asking motorists to plan ahead to avoid delays on Waikato and Bay of Plenty roads from this weekend.

Drivers may encounter speed restrictions and other traffic management on state highways around the regions.

In Tauranga, State Highway 29A between the Hairini and Poike roundabouts will be closed overnight while a 46-metre overbridge is put in place.

State Highway 29A will be closed from 7pm Saturday October 1st until 7am on Sunday October 2nd.

Light vehicles can use Ohauiti and Poike roads, while trucks will be detoured down Turret Road, 15th Avenue and Cameron Road.

The Poike Road Overbridge will eventually connect Ohauiti with the Waiariki Bay of Plenty campus.

While on State Highway 29, east of the town of Te Poi, work will be completed on the surface of the road.

This work will take place from 7am to 6pm Monday 3rd October until Saturday.

Traffic disruption is expected to be minor but the road will be left unsealed.

Motorists can get real time information from:

For Waikato/Bay of Plenty updates

For current travel times use: www.drivelive.nz(external link)

The Transport Agency’s Winter Journeys website www.nzta.govt.nz/winter-journeys brings together tips on driving and links to get updates on the latest weather and road conditions.

For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can check out and sign up to On the Move(external link).

Work or events that are scheduled to start in the next week or are currently underway are detailed below to help people plan ahead when travelling. Works and events are weather dependent and may be postponed if necessary.

Waikato

State Highway 3 Mokau

State Highway 3 south of Mokau is now open to one lane with a Stop/Go in place, following the slip which occurred in the area on Sunday September 18. We would like to thank road users for their patience as crews have worked hard to ensure the road could be opened safely as soon as possible.

State Highway 25 - Coromandel slips

This week’s wet weather has caused slips on SH25 north of Thames with one at Tararu and another at Waiomu. Traffic is single lane with vehicles passing under stop/go while the sites are monitored. Further north work has begun on a 40 metre retainer wall at the site of a slip 9km south of Coromandel town, also on SH25. The site remains single lane under stop go.

State Highway 29 east of the Te Poi Township - Waiomu Pavement rehabilitation

The NZ Transport Agency would like to advise motorists to take extra care when passing through SH29 east of the Te Poi town ship while pavement rehabilitation works are carried out. This work will take place from 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday 3rd October until Saturday. During the construction period the site will left unsealed. Minor traffic disruption is expected.

Bay of Plenty

State Highway 29A Tauranga - ROAD CLOSURE between Welcome Bay Roundabout and Poike Roundabout

From 7pm Saturday to 7am Sunday the road between Welcome Bay Roundabout and Poike roundabout will be closed so the new pedestrian bridge can be lifted into place. Light vehicles detour via Ohauiti Road and Poike Road. All trucks can detour via Turret Road, 15th Avenue, Cameron Road.

State Highway 30 Rotorua - Iles Road/Te Ngae Road intersection upgrade (Lynmore junction)

Work is continuing on the upgrade to the intersection at Iles Road and Te Ngae Road (SH30), also known as Lynmore junction.

Traffic signals and a controlled pedestrian crossing are being installed as part of the Lynmore development.

Road widening and other intersection improvements are continuing, and work is expected to be finished by mid-November. Motorists can expect some delays while work is being carried out, with intermittent stop/go required to allow for safe heavy vehicle movement to and from the construction site. To avoid any potential delays Lynmore residents can use alternative routes such as Vaughn Road and Tarawera/Lynmore connections.

State Highway 2 Waioeka Gorge – Rock-fall prevention works

Contractors are undertaking rock-fall prevention works (rock-scaling and vegetation removal) at several sites within the Waioeka Gorge, between Opotiki and Gisborne, over the next eight weeks. Work will be completed under stop/go traffic management with intermittent closures of up to 10 minutes at a time to allow rock and/or vegetation to be brought down safely and in a controlled way from the rock-face above the highway. Motorists are advised to expect delays and allow an extra 15 minutes for their journey.

State Highway 29/29a/36 Tauranga - Taurikura Drive intersection improvements

Motorists are asked to drive with extra care and expect delays when travelling through the roundabout over the coming weeks.

Tauranga City Council’s contractor is carrying out works and speed restrictions, lane closures and occasional stop/go traffic management will be in place at times. The works are near the new Tauranga Crossing shopping centre. Food outlets open at the centre on Saturday October 1st.

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