Worksites along State Highway 2 between Waihī and Tauranga re-opened earlier this week following the Labour weekend holiday.
“We close down most of our sites over busy holiday periods, such as Labour weekend, to minimise disruption to people’s journeys,” says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty system manager Roger Brady.
Minimising delays and disruption to people’s journeys in the Bay of Plenty will continue to be a huge focus for Waka Kotahi throughout the summer maintenance and construction season.
“We are working hard with contractors and suppliers to deliver better journeys this construction season, in addition to providing better and more detailed information to road users on any anticipated delays.”
Early last week, PowerCo undertook more work near the Ōmokoroa intersection. On previous occasions this kind of work has caused severe delays.
“This time, we changed the type of traffic management used, the hours of work and closely monitored the worksite. By changing our approach and working closely with PowerCo and their contractors, we were able to minimise the impacts to people’s journeys.”
This is what you can expect to see on your journey between Waihī and Tauranga:
- Athenree Road to Tanners Point Road – road widening works continue throughout the week. Expect minor delays of one-to-two minutes.
- Tanners Point Road to Kauri Point Road – power and watermain relocations are underway, with expected completion in late-October. Expect minor delays.
- Rea Road/Tetley Road intersection – works alongside the highway are ongoing. Expect minor delays.
- Sharp Road to Sargent Drive – road widening works continue throughout the week. Expect minor delays.
- Cambridge/Moffat roads – surveying works will see a southbound shoulder closure in place. This is not anticipated to impact traffic.
As there are multiple worksites on State Highway 2 between Waihī and Tauranga, some delays are expected at times and drivers are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.
“Please continue to drive safely, especially through worksites,” says Roger. “We want to keep everyone safe, including our road workers. Please slow down, leave space and be patient.”