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Short delays on SH29 Tauranga this month

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The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists to expect short delays on SH29 Tauranga from Monday August 31 as contractors begin removing the old Route K toll plaza.

Traffic management and speed restrictions of 30km/h and 50km/h will be in place over the next nine weeks while the work is completed.

The toll plaza was replaced by a new electronic toll gantry in July.

Speed restrictions and stop/go traffic management will be in place on roads around the Bay of Plenty this month as work on a major road safety improvement programme and other projects continue.

Areas where motorists can expect changes or delays of more than five minutes are detailed below to allow people to plan ahead when travelling.

SH29A Tauranga  - Maungatapu underpass project

A 50km/h speed restriction, diversions and lane closures will be in place for the next few weeks while contractors clear vegetation and carry out other work in preparation for the construction of the Maungatapu underpass.

The work will be carried out on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 4pm to minimise disruption to traffic. 

 SH2 Tauranga to Waihi Safety Improvements

Stop/go traffic management, lane changes and speed restrictions will be in place along parts of SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi this month as a major safety improvement programme continues.

Contractors will be working on nine sites on the route and motorists are advised to allow an extra 10 minutes when travelling on this route. The work is expected to be complete by late September.

 Tauranga CBD – Road closures

A number of streets will be closed in Tauranga's central business district on Sunday August 30 when the Bay of Plenty Steamers take on the Waikato Mooloos at Tauranga Domain.

Road closures include: 

•  Cameron Road (between Hamilton and Brown Streets), Park Street, Monmouth Street, McLean Street (between Cameron Road and Willow Street), Harrington Street (between Cameron Road and Durham Street), Hamilton Street (the section from Cameron Road adjacent to Wharepai Domain) and Chapel Street/Brown Street intersection (Cameron Road to Brown Street), from 11.30am – 5.30pm

The Strand (between Harrington Street and Devonport Road), Wharf and Hamilton Streets (between Willow Street and The Strand), from 10am – 3.30pm

Residents will be able to access houses and/or their place of business, but there will be no access via Cameron Road (unless you live on Hamilton Street). Vehicle access may be restricted if there is a high volume of foot traffic.

The Transport Agency apologies for any inconvenience caused and thanks motorists for their patience during the works.

For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can check out and sign up to On The Move:  www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link)

For real time information on highway conditions and incidents  or to report issues on the network visit www.nzta.govt.nz(external link) call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawaibop on twitter.

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