Considerable delays expected on SH29

Omanawa Bridge will be down to one lane for a couple of weeks. Supplied photo.

People using State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Range during the next two weeks are being warned that there will be considerable delays.

From Monday, June 19, Omanawa Bridge will be down to one lane and stop/go management will be in place while essential strengthening work is completed.

The bridge was constructed in 1935 and is the oldest bridge on the Kaimai Range.

NZ Transport Agency Highways Manager, Niclas Johansson says the Transport Agency would like to apologise in advance for the delays the work may cause.

“We have carried out extensive investigations to find a repair method that has the least impact to people's journeys and have been able to keep one lane open.

“However people should avoid the area if possible or expect delays and allow extra time when they are travelling over the Kaimai Range.”

As there are no short detours for this route drivers heading between Hamilton and Whakatane and between Taupo and Tauranga are being encouraged to avoid the Kaimai Range and use SH5 / SH30 or SH36 / SH5 via Rotorua.

For people in cars an alternative route is via Poripori, Crawford and Wairoa Roads to SH2, which will add at least 10-15 minutes to travel times to Tauranga.

The first lane closure will be from 7am on Monday, June 19, reopening by 7pm Friday, June 23.

The second closure will be the following week from 7am on Monday, June 26, reopening by 7pm Friday, June 30.

There will be 24-hour stop/go operation in place and a 30km/h temporary speed limit. 

In the event that works are completed earlier than planned each week, the lane closures will be removed. These works are weather dependent and may extend into the following week.


not everyone works

Posted on 16-06-2017 19:23 | By Lysdexia

At night oldtrucker. And it's not for a long period of time compared to your option of realigning the whole road?? How long will that take? longer than this repair hands down. Also at least we have been given plenty of notice here, stop your bleating please!

Good Timing

Posted on 16-06-2017 17:27 | By supremo1

The Lions v Chiefs game is on Tuesday night in Hamilton and bound to be many fans heading over the Kaimais. Delay the start of these works until Wednesday please.

hang on a minute

Posted on 16-06-2017 15:46 | By old trucker

WE cannot put a NEW BRIDGE there By Kaimai, as Mr english has just given a island nation THIRTY MILLION for something, it was on TV, that could have built a new bridge ,AND the Kati kati bypass, but its ELECTION year,if we DONT vote for him,NOTHING will get done, this bridge should be removed and the WHOLE ROAD realigned its a DISGRACE, this will cause a lot of ROADRAGE this work,and should be worked on over night,my thoughts only,Sunlive is No1 for News,Thankyou,10-4 out.


Posted on 16-06-2017 10:18 | By Kaimai

Shame NZTA can't pull some money out of the Repairs budget and put it in the capital budget and replace the bridge - how many times could the bridge have been replaced with the amount of money that has been spend repairing the bridge?

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