Te Puke Highway reopens

The Te Puke Highway has reopened to motorists.

The Te Puke Highway between Welcome Bay Road and Bell Road has reopened to motorists.

The road has been closed since mid-January and installation of a culvert and some road pavement repairs took place.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council Infrastructure Services Group Manager, Gary Allis said at the time of the closure announcement, that the difficult geo-tech nature of the sub-soils around the culvert has necessitated the complete closure of the road.

“In order to replace the culvert we need to excavate about 30 meters in length of the road and to a depth of around five metres. It will take about a month to carry out the work.”

In a statement released by the New Zealand Transport Agency, it says the road is open, but temporary traffic management will be in place.

“A 50/km speed restriction shall remain in place at the location of the works for several days due to a new seal surface.

“Please drive with caution.”

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