Pre-Christmas commuting across the bridge may be affected by NZTA beginning work on extending the bus lanes from Totara Street to the Tauranga Marina, on December 6.
There may be some minor delays while people get used to the new road layout, says NZTA Bay of Plenty transport system manager, Jack Hansby.
“The work will be carried out over the next two weeks, at night where possible,” says Jack. “The extended bus lanes will allow buses to move more easily through the traffic, reducing delays for people who use public transport.
“People can help by planning ahead to avoid spending their time in traffic. See what other options are out there. Walk, bike, carpool, or take public transport, plan ahead and if possible, start work later or earlier and avoid the delays.”
Two Hewletts Road projects, extending the bus lanes and installing a right turn bay at Jean Batten Drive, were announced earlier this year. The right turn bay has been completed.
Jack says the Transport Agency is continuing with work together with Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to make it easier for people to move around the city.