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Overnight closure of SH2 Wairoa Bridge on Monday

The Wairoa River Bridge will be closed Monday night. Image: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

The last planned closure of the Wairoa River Bridge on State Highway 2 is happening on Monday night.

The closure will allow the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to install the final two sections of the cycleway extension on the bridge.

The cycleway extension is one of the final stages of the Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that the bridge will be closed on Monday, May 18 from 9.30pm to 5.30am.

NZTA Bay of Plenty system manager Rob Campbell says, “This is a significant closure and we encourage people to plan ahead, allow extra time, or consider delaying unnecessary travel where possible.”

During the full closure the following local road detour will be in place:

  •   •  Northbound motorists from Tauranga will need to take the signposted detour from SH2 in Bethlehem via Moffat Road and Cambridge Road, onto SH29 before connecting with Poripori Road, onto Crawford Road through to Wairoa Road and then back onto SH2.

  •   •  Southbound motorists will need to take Wairoa Road before connecting with Crawford Road, through to Poripori Road and then onto SH29.

The detour route is not suitable for High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV’s greater than 50Max), over-dimension and overweight vehicles, says NZTA.

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