Tauranga-Waihī works to cause traffic delays
Motorists are advised to plan for delays between Waihī and Tauranga as Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors get back onto the network to repair, reseal and improve safety along the corridor.
There is a large volume of work underway along State Highway 2 and, depending on traffic volumes, delays of 30 to 45 minutes can be expected.
“At the Tauranga end of SH2 north, we have a 500m section of Takitimu Drive under the Waihī Road overbridge which is undergoing repairs and a drainage upgrade,” explains Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty system manager Roger Brady.
“The road is reduced to one lane in each direction until approximately the end of January, and the Waihī Road/Takitimu Drive on-ramp and off-ramp (Koromiko Street) will remain closed during the works, with detours in place”
Roger says he understands this work will be frustrating for road users but says this is the optimum time for works to commence.
“This is the safest and most efficient way to complete these important works,” says Roger.
“It is also the best time to do this, before school goes back, and as we make the most of the summer weather.
“We also have a number of resurfacing works this week which will be undertaken at night between 7pm and 5am. These will operate under Stop/Go traffic management and a 30km/h temporary speed limit.
Safety improvement works at SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa have also recommenced at four sites, one of which includes tree felling.
“Please follow temporary speed limits to keep yourselves, other motorists and our road workers safe.”
For at least 24 hours after the sites are sealed, and before being swept, they continue to operate under a reduced temporary speed limit while vehicles travel over the seal and help ‘bed in’ the chip. Delays of 30 to 45 minutes may be expected following this work.
This is what you can expect to see on your journey between Waihī and Tauranga this week:
Sunday 16 January
• between Kauri Point Road and Woodland Road
• between Stokes Road and Willoughby Road
Monday 17 January
• between Lindemann Road and Philip Walter Drive
• between Philip Walter Drive and Hyde Street
Tuesday 18 January
• Barrett Road to Munro Road
Ongoing safety works (between 7am-6pm)
• Athenree Road to Tanners Point Road – road widening works continue throughout the week. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.
• Rea Road / Tetley Road intersection – preparation works for a roundabout are ongoing. Expect minor delays of about five minutes particularly on the side roads.
• Lund Road to Aongatete Road – road widening, earthworks, drainage and service relocation works between Lund Road and Aongatete Road continue with a focus on the Wright Road intersection. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.
• Apata Station Road to Esdaile Road - Tree felling work will be undertaken between 9am and 4pm this week, ahead of safety improvements work on the corridor. All traffic will be stopped for short periods while trees are felled, with lanes fully open at other times. A temporary speed limit of 50km/h will apply.
Takitimu North Link enabling works, ecological and environmental investigations continuing:
• Wairoa Road (off SH2) – near Oliver Road, southbound shoulder closure in place, not anticipated to impact traffic.
In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, works may be postponed.
Keep an eye on the Waikato/BOP Facebook page for any changes to major planned works and check the interactive Journey Planner website for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours before you travel.