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Tree felling works planned for SH2

Tree felling works caused massive delays on the highway a couple of weeks ago. Supplied photo.

Tree felling works are being planned for State Highway 2, at its intersection of Youngson Road, this weekend.

Waka Kotahi Transport Agency says these works will be undertaken on Saturday between 6am and 1pm, for the felling and removal of trees that are close to powerlines.

The roading agency says the works are being carried out on the weekend to minimise the impacts on traffic, but delays are expected.

Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell acknowledges the delays were longer than expected last time tree felling work was carried out on this section of road on a Saturday morning.

“We assessed whether carrying out the work in the afternoon would be better, however, the difference in traffic volumes was marginal throughout the day. This weekend we’re able to offer an alternative route for light vehicles, which should lessen the delays.”

Northbound traffic can bypass the tree felling work via Barrett Road, Old Highway and Esdaile Road. This route is not suitable for heavy vehicles. There is no alternative route available for southbound traffic.

Stop/Go traffic management will be in place with a 30km/h temporary speed limit. Our contractors will be actively working to minimise any delays as much as possible.

Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signage.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz) for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.

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