Plenty of work on the roads this summer

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As people continue their holiday travel plans or are returning back to work, they will notice road contractors out in force taking advantage of the good weather and advancing significant maintenance programmes across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato state highway network.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and its contractors are completing an ambitious programme to improve the safety and resilience of the network, and whilst delays are expected, many considerations have to be made for how to complete these important works.

“Waka Kotahi monitors the weather forecast closely, and sites and timings will change at short notice,” says Roger Brady, Bay of Plenty system manager, maintenance and operations. “We are making the most of the summer weather and before schools go back.

“Our key focus is to keep people using the roads and our contractor crews safe. While this can mean there are last minute changes to our maintenance programmes, we provide as much up-to-date information as we can.

“There will be other work sites across the network not mentioned below, although we are keen to provide advance notice of some of the more disruptive works.”

Ongoing roadworks for the Western Bay of Plenty are as follows:

SH2 Takitimu Drive/Waihī Road overbridge: A 500m section of SH2 Takitimu Drive under the Waihī Road overbridge 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) is closed with detours in place.

SH2 Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road: The eastbound lanes between Pāpāmoa and Paengaroa will be closed between 6am and 1pm on Saturday, January 22, as part of the cycle route for the Mount Festival

of Multisport. The alternative route for motorists during this time will be via the Te Puke Highway.

SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa: Safety improvement works are back underway with four active sites between Athenree Road and Tanners Point Road, Rea Road/Tetley Road intersection and Lund Road to Sargent Drive, as well as resealing sites which will be carried out at night.

For more information, visit: www.nzta.govt.nz




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