Major works to cause Cameron Rd traffic delays

The works will affect the stretch of Cameron Road, from Harington Street to Elizabeth Street. Photo: John Borren/SunLive.

Major works are starting on Cameron Road to upgrade Tauranga City’s wastewater services.

Over the coming months around 3km of sewer pipes, some of which are over 100 years-old will be upgraded underneath Cameron Road, along with connections to properties and side streets.

From July 26, stage one of the wastewater upgrade will see Fulton Hogan and Downer replacing the sewer pipes running from Harington Street to Elizabeth Street.

It is expected this work will take up to three months to complete, says a statement from Tauranga City Council today.

“After contractors have completed stage one, they will move to the second stage - upgrading the wastewater pipes between Elizabeth Street and 6th Ave.

The wastewater upgrade is funded through the City Waters Capital Budget at a cost of $10.9 million.

Expect traffic delays

Road users are being cautioned that this work, combined with safety improvements around the Farmers development, will cause some delays for commuters.

Council’s director of transport, Brendan Bisley, says while steps are being taken to minimise disruption as much as possible, commuters are being asked to allow extra time for traffic or use one of the suggested alternative routes listed on the council website if possible.

“We thank those people who live, work and commute along Cameron Road in advance for their patience while we undertake this essential work which will benefit our city for decades to come.”

Traffic will be impacted during the day and at times during off-peak hours at the section of road being worked on.

Sections of the eastern side of Cameron Road and some side streets will be closed to motorists and detours will be in place.

Access to businesses will be maintained.

First major piece of work for Futureproofing Cameron Road project

The wastewater upgrade falls under the Futureproofing Cameron Road project, with main works to improve safety, make way for bikes and buses and revitalise the area starting in September this year.

Tauranga City Council GM Infrastructure Nic Johansson says a number of pipes underneath Cameron Road are still made of clay and are more than 100 years old.

Council is taking the opportunity to prepare for growth and replace and upsize the old sewer pipes before the main works above the ground on Cameron Road start later this year.

“It makes sense for us to do it once and do it right, so we don’t have do this again for another century. In the next 40 years, the population of Tauranga is projected to grow by more than 80,000 people.

“This upgrade of our wastewater assets will help to realise the Te Papa Spatial Plan, supporting more housing and business developments along the Cameron Road corridor.”

For more information about Futureproofing Cameron Road please visit

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Tom Ranger

Posted on 26-07-2021 09:57 | By

Right....I think I may have figured something out. W & H will buy the all the property available to them within the area. Council could be pushing businesses all out, to allow for W & H to take as much of it over as possible. Just a feeling. Watch this space. $1 fire sales on. Starting late/Dec, early January.


Posted on 24-07-2021 18:38 | By dumbkof2

so we are going to have massive disruption due to roadworks now we are going to have further disruption for the rugby being held at a totally inadequet domain. put the rugby back to baypark

Shadow of things to come

Posted on 23-07-2021 18:56 | By Kancho

Cameron road is going to be months of disruption to come with the council plans. Businesses I feel for but also the traffic. Over runs of budgets and time inevitable. As with Greerton and a worse result expected. Even the corner of Maleme was months of cones to deliver an expanse of concrete and a bike lane.

We pay, then they take it away

Posted on 23-07-2021 16:15 | By Avman

We ratepayers are paying to upgrade the sewer system, just before government steals it all under their 3-water’s plan. Why should the ratepayers be funding central government? Where is the Serious Fraud Office in all of this?

Downtown traffic

Posted on 23-07-2021 15:46 | By nerak

today is I think the worst I’ve ever seen. So if these latest works are not due to start until 26 July, why can one not turn right from 2nd Ave into Cameron Rd this morning? Absolute idiots "organising" mayhem. Last one out turn off the lights. Greerton, Tauriko, here I go


Posted on 23-07-2021 12:51 | By overit

Why don’t they wait until Devonport Rd is open again. 9th Ave at PaknSav is crazy at present. Why don’t they co-ordinate these road works.

I'm sure the replacement

Posted on 23-07-2021 12:36 | By earlybird

of 100 year old sewer pipes is necessary, but I wonder how many more empty shops will we see in the CBD.


Posted on 23-07-2021 11:48 | By dumbkof2

ok now comes the cost and time overuns