Work to repair an unstable section of embankment at Houpoto, approximately three kilometres west of Maraenui Pa Road on State Highway 35, will get underway from Monday.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty System Manager Roger Brady says the steep slope below the road has progressively deteriorated since December 2019, and further deterioration would put the state highway at risk; the alternative detour is approximately 6 and a half hours.
“The works will consist of constructing a 27-metre long sheet-pile retaining wall and upgrading the drainage in the area, and are expected to be complete in mid-December.”
The site has been operating with a reduced 30km/h temporary speed limit in place, and will be reinstated to the permanent speed limit on completion of the works.
Due to the complex nature of the repair and the confined working area, temporary traffic management will be required, including a 30km/h temporary speed limit. Stop/Go traffic management will be in place from 7am – 5pm and traffic lights in place overnight from 5pm – 7am, Monday to Friday. Some weekend work may be required.
Over width vehicles are able to pass through the worksite, however haulage companies with any significant loads over 3.5m in width are to liaise with Waka Kotahi prior to travel.
Mr Brady asks people to be patient and respectful to roadworkers and to look out for their safety and wellbeing.
“If you are using the roads during this period remember to comply with temporary speed reductions and directions of traffic management staff to help keep everyone safe.”
In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.
Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.
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