SH2 traffic lanes to move at Bayfair roundabout

An aerial view of the SH2/Bayfair roundabout. Supplied photo.

Significant changes to the road layout on State Highway 2 (SH2) Maunganui Road at the Bayfair roundabout are scheduled to take place from next week.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery Jo Wilton says with four of the five ground improvements sites completed the focus now moves to construction of the underpass and the Bayfair flyover.

“People would have noticed one of the rigs doing the ground improvements has moved off site, and the other is due to finish up this month. We are really pleased with how the new design has progressed and we can begin on the next phase,” says Wilton.

The next phase involves constructing a temporary road in the middle of the current work zone north of the Bayfair roundabout.

Traffic will be moved across to the centre to allow space for the new cyclist and pedestrian underpass to be constructed either side.

“Construction of the new underpass is an exciting step for the project. In a few months we’ll also start to see the concrete piers being installed, which will support the Bayfair flyover,” says Wilton.

From Tuesday, April 6, a series of night works will be carried out over about three weeks to create the new lanes and reconfigure the Bayfair roundabout.

The Bayfair roundabout will be made slightly smaller than what is currently in place.

This layout is expected to be in place until the end of the year.

“We realise drivers and cyclists have become accustomed to the larger formation of the roundabout and so a smaller one will take some time to get used to, however the temporary roundabout will still be larger than before the project started.

“The speed through this area remains 30km/h and we really encourage people to make sure they indicate when using the roundabout and take time to get used to the new layout,” says Wilton.

The new roundabout is scheduled to be operational from Wednesday, April 14.

This work is weather dependent and we will keep people updated with how we are progressing.

The current schedule for night works is as follows:

  • On Tuesday, April 6, to Wednesday, April 7, (finishing Thursday morning) between 7pm and 5am lane closures will be in place on the approaches to and around the Bayfair roundabout while asphalting work is underway.
  • On Sunday, April 11, to Thursday, April 15, (finishing Friday morning) between 7pm and 5am lane closures will be in place on the approaches to and around the Bayfair roundabout while a new road layout is configured in this area.
  • On Tuesday, April 13, (finishing Wednesday morning) between 7pm and 5am, a partial closure of the Bayfair roundabout is scheduled. During these hours motorists from Girven Road will not be able to travel through the roundabout or turn right onto SH2. SH2 southbound traffic will also not be able to turn right onto Matapihi Road. A sign-posted detour will be available via the Sandhurst Drive/Mangatawa Interchange.

Please drive with caution through the project site, reduce your speed and follow the directions provided. Where possible, please use alternative routes or plan your travel outside of this work.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, this work may be moved to the next suitable night/s.

Waka Kotahi thanks local residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while we deliver this project. Updated information is available as work progresses and can be found on the Bay Link website:

Image caption: Aerial image of the current layout at the SH2 Bayfair roundabout. New lanes will be constructed in the centre of the existing worksite so building the new underpass can get underway.

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Posted on 02-04-2021 08:03 | By

We agree that the block work is terrible. Not a good look at all. We are sure that it will be covered over as the job us completed as that us not a quality look at all. Please make sure the rest it the job is not as substandard as this part of the construction or it will be another disaster which the tax payer will have to foot the bill for

Quality of work

Posted on 01-04-2021 15:25 | By

Agree with the other comments here that the quality of the block laying seems very poor. Maybe this is going to be covered over or something. Can’t imagine it lasting this way very long. Why would a Council be monitoring NZTA work on a state highway. Councils only control local roads and don’t have oversight of NZTA work.

Yes i agree

Posted on 01-04-2021 13:47 | By

Substandard retaining wall alright I have noticed that they have cut some blocks in the centre to stop them cracking in half .Where is the quality control surely the council is monitoring this or are we going to have another mess to fix up

Quality of work

Posted on 01-04-2021 13:25 | By Johnney

I have noticed some of the quality of block laying on the overpass by the Te Maunga rail crossing is questionable. Also just driven past 3 traffic management truck idling along the hard shoulder between Te Maunga and Domain road while one person hand collects rubbish on the grass well behind the wire rope barriers. What a bloody waste of resources and poor tax payer pays for this. Great they pick up rubbish but you could guess at a $500 per hour cost minimum.