Motorists travelling on State Highway 2 near Te Puna are being thanked for their patience, as a trial looking at ways to reduce delays gets underway.
The trial is being carried out by NZ Transport Agency and Western Bay of Plenty between Clarke Road and Te Puna Station Road.
NZTA Bay of Plenty journey manager Nigel D’Ath says while traffic volumes may vary from day to day, it’s important the trial is carried out so some solutions can come out of it.
“The NZ Transport Agency and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council would like to thank people for their feedback on the State Highway 2 Te Puna traffic management trial.
“The trial is being carried out to reduce the number of people using the side roads and to see if journey times can be improved and made more consistent for people traveling to Tauranga, says Nigel.
“We are trialling different approaches on different days to find the best way to improve people’s journeys.
“Traffic volumes vary from day to day and that can have an impact on delays. We need to collect this valuable data now to determine what short term improvements can be implemented on this road.
“We will continue to have people on site monitoring the trial. We appreciate people’s patience as we undertake the trial.”
The trial began on Monday and runs until Friday May 25.
During this first week the trial will be carried out between 7am and 9am, with the last trial day being today, says Nigel.
“People will not be able to turn right into Te Puna Station Road from SH2 and there will be traffic control measures on Te Puna Station Road for people approaching SH2.
“Impact on Wairoa Road traffic using the underpass will be minimised.”
This is followed by week two of the trial which runs from Monday-Friday next week.
“Te Puna Station Road will be closed from Clarke Road to southbound traffic only, 24 hours per day.
“Drivers will be able to access SH2 at Te Puna Rd.”