People stuck in traffic on State Highway 2 believe a two-week trial on the highway near Te Puna is the cause of a number of traffic delays today.
Motorists travelling on the stretch of road this morning have reported widespread delays and slow-moving traffic.
Solutions being trialled include removing the right-turn into Te Puna Station Road from SH2, speed reductions on Te Puna Station Road and closing Te Puna Station Road from Clarke Road.
People will access SH2 from Clarke Road or Te Puna Road.
Whakamarama resident Robert Cross is one of a number of people who have been quick to express their frustrations.
“Just received a call from my wife saying she is stuck in a traffic jam heading towards Tauranga which is now at a standstill at the Te Puna stream just after Barrett Road,” he says.
Another commuter who commented on the SunLive Facebook page reported wait-times of up to nearly one hour.
“It’s about 45 minutes from Omokoroa to Bethlehem currently,” wrote one commenter.
“They closed Te Puna Station Road yesterday and it cut 25 minutes off my travel time, even though we were moving, and yet today they leave it open – not hard to work out the solution,” says another.
SunLive has contacted the NZ Transport Agency and Western Bay of Plenty District Council for comment on the trial and will bring more information as it becomes available.