Major traffic delays on Tauranga highway
Motorists travelling between Bethlehem and Mount Maunganui via State Highway 2, are being warned to expect significant delays.
NZTA contractors are carrying out major road works on SH2, between Elizabeth and Chapel streets.
A motorist stuck in the traffic this morning says the "toll road is backed-up from one end to the other".
Other people are reporting traffic being backed-up right out to Omokoroa.
Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says motorists can expect significant delays for the next three weeks.
“We are asking people to use an alternative route if possible.”
Most of this section of road is around 15 years old and this work will be to rebuild the left northbound lane which carries most of the heavy traffic towards the harbour bridge.
“This road is very busy with around 25,000 vehicles using it per day, and at peak hour we can see up to 2000 vehicles per hour.
“Our contractors will be working day and night six days a week to get the job done as efficiently as possible.
“The work has been programmed to minimise noise at night as much as possible, but some people may hear machinery operating overnight,” says Rob.
People are being advised to consider an alternative route if possible.
SH2 TAKITUMU DR - ROADWORK DELAYS - 7:15AM— NZTA Waikato/BoP (@NZTAWaiBoP) May 20, 2019
Due to major road works on SH2 (Takitumu Dr) between Elizabeth St & Chapel St delays should be expected for northbound travel during peak times. Consider alternate route: https://t.co/ug1BOprBHx ^TP pic.twitter.com/jkslgCwmRR