The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that State Highway 2 (SH2) through the Karangahake Gorge will be closed to all traffic from 9pm Thursday April 9 until 5.30am the following day.
People wishing to travel between Waihi and Paeroa during the closure can use an alternative route via SH25/25A, however this will add about 1hr 15mins to the trip.
Motorists travelling between Auckland and Tauranga are advised to use SH29 over the Kaimai Range.
The closure is necessary to allow contractors to resurface a narrow 200m section of the gorge road between Paeroa and Waihi, near the Karangahake Reserve.
People in the communities of Waikino and Karangahake will have access to Waihi, while people in the community of Mackaytown will have access to Paeroa during the closure.
On April 10 there will be additional work in the area near Mackaytown.
Stop/go traffic management will be in place from 9pm until 5.30am the following day and motorists should expect short delays.
The Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience and thanks motorists for their patience and understanding.
For real time information on highway conditions and incidents visit www.nzta.govt.nz(external link) call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawaibop on twitter.
For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can check out and sign up to On The Move at www.onthemove.govt.nz.(external link)
For more information please contact:
Waikato / Bay of Plenty Media Manager
T: 07 928 7908
M: 021 928 413