Bay Link traffic on the move to progress underpass
Road users will soon be driving over sections of the new Bayfair underpass, with a significant change to the road layout near the Bayfair roundabout scheduled for November.
The change to road layout will relocate the two northbound lanes of State Highway 2 closer to Golf 360 on the Matapihi side and the southbound lanes will move closer to the Bayfair Shopping Centre.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Jo Wilton, says the traffic switch will enable the creation of a work zone in the middle of SH2 (north of the Bayfair roundabout) to progress the next steps of the pedestrian and cycling underpass and components of the Bayfair flyover.
“Work will proceed on the underpass’ central section, additional piers of the four-span Bayfair flyover and the flyover’s northern embankment.”
Construction of these elements will be highly visible to all road users, says Ms Wilton.
“The underpass’ central section, comprised of a 60-metre open-air trench, will connect the two completed underpass entrances, which got underway in May. The next stage of the Bayfair flyover will see two more piers constructed; one located next to the underpass’ central trench and the other near to the existing pier, which is located in the centre of the Bayfair roundabout.”
A major traffic switch of this kind typically takes up to two weeks to complete, says Ms Wilton.
“While the specific dates for the change in road layout will be shared closer to the time, there will be a series of night works ahead of time to complete the necessary preparation, as well as for the switch itself and the required follow up work. This includes completing the new road area, barrier realignment, new line-marking and the removal of old line-marking.”
Lane closures will be necessary during night works. Where possible, two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction until the switch is complete. The traffic switch is not expected to impact the existing pedestrian and cycling route throughout the site.
In the event of unsuitable weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.
Waka Kotahi would like to acknowledge Bayfair Shopping Centre and Golf 360, and thanks local businesses, residents and motorists for their patience while this work is underway.
The Bayfair flyover and the pedestrian and cyclist underpass are expected to open to the public on completion of the project.
For more information about the Bay Link project or to subscribe to updates, visit nzta.govt.nz/baylink
Above: Indicative map of the new road layout (November 2021) near Bayfair roundabout.
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