SH2 Waihī to Tauranga works for week beginning Sun 17 Oct

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

With schools going back next week, traffic along State Highway 2 is expected to resume normal flows. As we enter the main construction season (between September and April), you will see activity along this route start to ramp up.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty System Manager Maintenance and Operations, Roger Brady, says Waka Kotahi is working hard with contractors and suppliers to deliver better journeys.

“In a number of instances, we have been able to change the way we carry out the works along SH2; avoiding Stop / Go operations and maintaining two-way traffic flow, doing patching works at night and keeping works in the busier areas to between 9am and 3pm.”

This is what you can expect to see along your journey this week between Waihī and Tauranga:

  • Athenree Curves area, east of Turners Road – from Sunday 17 October, maintenance pre-seal repairs will be carried out between 7pm and 5am, over several sites, starting east of Turners Road and may continue to Tuesday night. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.
  • Francis Road to Ōmokoroa Road –Downer will be carrying out PowerCo works between 9.30am and 3pm on Tuesday 19 October. Expected delays of approximately five minutes.
  • 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 under way, with expected completion late-October. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes. 
  • Rea Road / Tetley Road intersection – works alongside the highway. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.
  • Sharp Road to Sargent Drive – road widening works continue throughout the week. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.

“We want to keep everyone safe, including our road workers. Speeding through roadworks puts the safety of other road users and our road workers at risk, and we ask that people please slow down, leave space and be patient.

“While delays can’t always be avoided, Waka Kotahi is striving to provide better quality information and advance notice of possible delays,” says Mr Brady.

“Considerable planning is done with our team and suppliers to look at historic traffic and travel trend data, and what worked and didn’t work last season. While we aim to complete the work with as little disruption as possible, the reality is there will be delays to journeys.

“Thank you to those people who take the time to give feedback to the team at Waka Kotahi, we are listening and always looking to improve our approach.”

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Highway renewal, South Canterbury, SH79 between Fairlie and Geraldine – 15 minute delays

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Earlier this year Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency completed the first section of highway surface renewal between Geraldine and Fairlie at Kakahu.

The second stage of this work kicks off next week, 18 October, and will take around five weeks to late November. The main work will begin after Labour Weekend.

Drivers will be delayed for up to 15 minutes during daytimes on weekdays while this work is underway, says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi.

Traffic signals and Stop/Go manual traffic management will be used throughout when the highway is down to a single lane. The school bus will be accommodated at its key times.

“Thanks to all regular road users for being a little bit patient while this work is completed ahead of the summer holiday period,” says Ms Forrester.

Updates on this project(external link)

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Haven Road, Nelson (SH6) infrastructure pipe replacements from next week into the New Year

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Nelson drivers coming into or exiting the Nelson city area need to take a little extra care from next week as two major infrastructure renewal projects begin on Haven Road, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

“Ahead of Waka Kotahi resealing Haven Road in the first half of 2022, Nelson City Council is upgrading the stormwater and sewer system on this part of SH6,” says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester.

“This piping work is expected to be completed in February/ March. The stormwater project gets underway next week, from 18 October. Temporary traffic management is needed to do this work safely on this busy main road and we ask all drivers to be careful around crews, cyclists and other road users.”

The sewer replacement project starts in November and goes through into February. Once the pipes are in place, the road resealing work will follow.

Two major project teams will be working alongside each other on State Highway 6: stormwater relocation and replacement on Haven Road between the QE2 Drive roundabout and Vickerman Street/ Fountain Place, and wastewater pipe renewal within the Haven Road/Russell Street area.

“Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Haven Road until the end of the year, under a temporary speed limit,” says Ms Forrester. “In the New Year, there will be short-term diversions in place from 10 January while the stormwater project work progresses across QE2 Drive.” (See Nelson City Council links below for detour routes and letters to residents.)

Effect upon parking, people on bikes, pedestrians

This work will reduce parking on Haven Road and the cycle lane will be closed also in places. Drivers need to be aware they may need to share their lane with cyclists through short, low speed sections and ensure the people on the bikes can take the centre of the lane safely. The shared footpath will be open most of the time, but will be detoured from time to time when the piping project has to cross it.

Ms Forrester says while road users should build in extra time around their Nelson city trips, crews would be doing their best to minimise delays, particularly in the lead-in to Christmas. “There are lots of pedestrians around at this time of the year, so we really need everyone to take their time and allow extra travel time to keep everyone safe.”

Once these infrastructure works are completed, Waka Kotahi crews will seal the road in March.

Long weekends and Xmas/ New Year holidays

Works will be minimised with as much traffic management removed as possible over the upcoming weekends of Labour Weekend (Saturday, 23 October to Monday, 25 October), Christmas/New Year break, Waitangi weekend (Saturday, 5 February to Monday, 7 February) and Nelson Anniversary weekend (31 January).

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SH30 Rotorua works for the week beginning Sun 17 October

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists that multiple worksites are active on State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road, between Sala Street and Iles Road, in Rotorua next week, as part of the Eastern Corridor project.

Contractors will be following strict industry standards provided by Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ) to ensure the safety of workers and road users. People must maintain safe physical distancing of two metres when walking/cycling near the sites.

Some delays are expected at times, and motorists are advised to plan and allow extra time for their journeys. There may be an increase in pedestrians and cyclists around the site, so please be careful when driving near them.

Work sites for the week starting Sunday 17 October:

  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Allen Mills Road (nightworks): Contractors will be applying the final layer of road surface between Sala Street and Marino Road on Sunday 17 October.  These works will be carried out overnight, between 6pm and 6am, and are weather dependent. The eastbound lanes will be closed, including Marino Road with two-way traffic running on the westbound lanes and detours in place. This work may cause moderate delays.
  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Vaughan Road: The footpath on the northern side remains closed as contractors construct a fence and complete landscaping works in this area. Shoulder closures may be in place during off-peak times.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge underpass: The Puarenga Bridge underpass is open with pedestrians and cyclists advised to take care as contractors continue with landscaping works through this area.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge shared footpath: Contractors continue to connect the shared footpaths on either side of Puarenga Bridge. This work will require lane closures in both directions during off-peak hours and may cause moderate delays. One lane in both directions will be maintained at all times.
  • State Highway 30, centre median east of Puarenga Bridge: Contractors continue with landscaping in the median east of the Puarenga Bridge. Lane closures in both directions will be in place during off-peak times which may cause moderate delays.
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera intersection: Contractors continue to construct the footpaths and concrete islands separating opposing traffic. Heading eastbound, one of the right-turn lanes into Tarawera Road may be closed during off-peak hours. This may cause moderate delays. Motorists are requested to adhere to the temporary speed limit of 30km/h.
  • Tarawera Road: Contractors will continue to install the new watermain between the Redwoods Centre entrance and Awatea Terrace. A shoulder closure will be in place with a temporary reduced speed limit of 30km/h.
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills Road to Anytime Fitness: Landscaping works in the centre median, and footpath works will continue in this area. This work will require eastbound lane closure which may cause moderate delays.
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills Road to Iles Road: Guardrail and rain garden work continues between Allen Mills Road and Iles Road. This work requires both east and westbound lane closures during off-peak hours, which may cause moderate delays. One lane in both directions will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrian access through this section is for business access and residents only as there is no through access to the Rotorua CBD. See map below for pedestrian access routes.

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•  State Highway 30, Brent Road, Tumene Drive and Tennyson Drive intersection: From Tuesday 19 to Friday 20 October, contractors will be working at each intersection, constructing the raised safety platforms to improve safety for all users. This work includes kerb and footpath work. Lane closures and detours may be in place with stop/go traffic management which may cause moderate delays.

Temporary speed limits of 30km/h or 50km/h are in place for everyone’s safety at the above work sites, including when workers are off-site.

Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use the signalised crossings at either Sala Street or Iles Road, and the temporary pedestrian crossing at Tarawera Road.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.

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Auckland overnight motorway closures 17 October – 22 October 2021

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 22 October 2021

Please note this Traffic Bulletin is updated every Friday.

Daily updated closure information(external link)

Unless otherwise stated, closures start at 8pm and finish at 5am.

NORTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1)

  • Northbound lanes between Silverdale off-ramp and Waiwera on-ramp, 17-19 October
  • Silverdale northbound on-ramp, 17-19 October
  • Orewa northbound on-ramp, 17-19 October
  • Southbound lanes between Greville Road off-ramp and Upper Harbour Highway on-ramp, 21 October
  • Greville Road southbound on-ramp, 21 October
  • Onewa Road northbound off-ramp, 19-20 October (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)
  • Stafford Road northbound on-ramp, 19-20 October (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)

CENTRAL MOTORWAY JUNCTION (CMJ)

  • SH16 eastbound to SH16 (Port) link, 21 October
  • SH16 eastbound to SH1 northbound link, 21 October
  • SH16 eastbound to SH1 southbound link, 21 October
  • SH1 northbound to SH16 eastbound (Port) link, 17-20 October
  • SH1 northbound to SH16 westbound link, 17-20 October

SOUTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1)

  • Northbound lanes between Greenlane off-ramp and Nelson Street off-ramp 17-20 October
  • Greenlane northbound on-ramp, 17-20 October
  • Gillies Avenue northbound on-ramp, 17-20 October
  • South Eastern Highway (SEART) northbound on-ramp, 19 October
  • Southbound lanes between Highbrook Drive off-ramp and East Tamaki Road on-ramp, 17-19 October
  • Highbrook Drive southbound on-ramp, 17-19 October
  • Northbound lanes between Takanini off-ramp and Manukau on-ramp, 19-21 October
  • Hill Road northbound on-ramp, 19-21 October
  • Takanini northbound on-ramp, 19-21 October
  • Southbound lanes between Papakura off-ramp and Drury/SH22 on-ramp, 19-21 October
  • Papakura southbound on-ramp, 19-21 October
  • Northbound lanes between Drury/SH22 off-ramp and Papakura on-ramp, 17-18 October
  • Drury/SH22 northbound on-ramp, 17-18 October

NORTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH16)

  • Lincoln Road southbound off-ramp, 17-21 October
  • Eastbound lanes between Saint Lukes Road off-ramp and Nelson Street off-ramp, 21 October
  • Saint Lukes Road eastbound on-ramp, 21 October

UPPER HARBOUR MOTORWAY (SH18)

  • Eastbound lanes between Albany Highway off-ramp and Paul Mathews Drive, 20-21 October
  • Albany Highway eastbound on-ramp, 20-21 October

SOUTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH20)

  • None planned

GEORGE BOLT MEMORIAL DRIVE (SH20A)

  • None planned

PUHINUI ROAD (SH20B)

  • None planned

STATE HIGHWAY 22 (SH22)

  • None planned

STATE HIGHWAY 2 (SH2)

  • None planned

Please follow the signposted detours. Waka Kotahi thanks you for your co-operation during these essential improvements and maintenance.

Overnight closure information(external link)

Auckland roads and public transport information(external link)  

First of 3 new Tamahere connections opens for use this month

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

People coming and going from Tamahere will be using the new link road and bridge later this month, as the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway heads to completion.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises from Tuesday night (26 October), the temporary intersection connecting Cherry Lane, Bollard Road and Tamahere Eventide village with State Highway 1 will close. All traffic to and from the eastern side of Tamahere will be directed over the east-west link road which connects the community to the western side of the highway.

This is the first of three traffic connections to open for Tamahere. The only access to and from the city will be via the Tamahere Interchange or Newell Road until the others are in place.

Later this year, Stage 2 will see the on-ramp over Cambridge Road Bridge open, providing direct accesses to the Cherry Lane, Bollard Road and Eventide village community.

Next year, Stage 3 will see the on-ramp from the link road to the city open, completing the Southern Interchange connections.

Regional Manager infrastructure Delivery, Jo Wilton, says the recommended Stage 1 route in and out of the city is via the Tamahere Interchange.

“The alternate route via Newell Road is not recommended as additional traffic would increase safety risks at this intersection, as well as slowing traffic on Newell Road and the state highway.”

Maps will be distributed to residents showing the new route in and out of the community. Permanent and temporary signs will be in place.

Detour map

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“We want to make sure everyone coming and going from the area is aware of the staged opening of these new and safer connections.

“The Southern Interchange provides much safer access to and from Tamahere – not just for cars but for walking and cycling.

“While we would prefer to open all local road connections at the same time, that’s not possible due to the need to stage work in a tight construction area alongside a busy state highway,” says Ms Wilton.

Waka Kotahi thanks people for their ongoing patience and continuing to drive with care.

“This is a significant milestone for the project, with more to come as we head toward the finish line in the middle of next year.”

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Weight restrictions ahead for two west Waikato bridges

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Two state highway bridges in west Waikato will have weight restrictions introduced for heavy vehicles from 1 November 2021 to help keep them safe for the people who use them.

The Kopaki rail overbridge on State Highway 30 will be restricted to vehicles under 6 tonnes and the Mangaotama Stream bridge on State Highway 39 will be restricted to vehicles that are less than 50 per cent of Class 1.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency acknowledges weight restrictions are inconvenient for trucks, however the safety of all traffic using these routes has to be the main priority, says Waikato System Manager Cara Lauder.

“We’d like to thank the freight industry for playing their part to ensure these bridges remain safe for light vehicles to use,” Ms Lauder says.

The Mangaotama Stream bridge, two kilometres south of Ngahinapouri on SH39, needs a new deck and beams. A project to replace these was unsuccessfully tendered earlier this year and will be retendered once funding is reconfirmed.

The exact weight in tonnes of the Mangaotama restriction will vary between vehicles, depending on size and axle configuration, refer to the table below.

The recommended detour for vehicles over 50 per cent of Class 1 travelling between Otorohanga and north of Hamilton is State Highway 3 and State Highway 1 through Te Awamutu and Hamilton.

A detour is available at the bridge for local heavy traffic using Meadway Road, Hams Road, Forkert Road and Ngahinapouri Road. This detour is not advised for through traffic as it is narrow with single lane bridges.

The timber Kopaki rail overbridge, about 23 km south of Te Kuiti on SH30, is currently restricted to 80 per cent of Class 1. However a further restriction is required to ensure it can remain open to light traffic while the replacement bridge is under construction. The new bridge, which will be able to be used by all heavy traffic, will be complete in 2023.

Trucks travelling between Te Kuiti and Maniaiti/Benneydale will need to use the existing heavy traffic bypass of State Highway 4 and Kopaki Road.

The school bus which travels to and from Te Kuiti each day has been granted an exemption to keep using the bridge.

Waka Kotahi has a regular programme of bridge inspections across New Zealand to ensure all structures on the state highway network remain safe to use. 

Name of Road

Name of bridge

Mass limits

Maximum speed limit (km/h)

Axle set mass limit

Gross mass (maximum sum of axle mass)

SH30

Kopaki Rail Overbridge

N/A

6000kg

10

SH39

Mangaotama Stream Bridge

Tandem: 7.5T

2 axles: 8T

3 axles: 11T

50

Tri: 9T

4 axles: 13T

5 axles: 16T

Quad: 10T

6 axles: 18T

7 axles: 20T

8 axles: 22T

9 axles: 25T

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Tree felling and maintenance works at Oropi roundabout this weekend

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises tree removal and maintenance works will take place at the Oropi roundabout on Saturday (16 October).

The westbound State Highway 29A on-ramp will be closed between 5.00am and 10.00am, when work to remove the trees will be undertaken. A signposted detour will be available via Oropi Road, Maleme Street and Cameron Road, before rejoining SH29A at the Barkes Corner roundabout. Only westbound traffic will be affected.

In addition to the on-ramp closure, there will be a lane closure through, and on the approach to, the Oropi roundabout to ensure vehicles follow the correct lanes to avoid the SH29A on-ramp.

Works are planned for the weekend to minimise the impact on traffic. Motorists are advised to expect delays in the area and are encouraged to allow extra time for travel, use alternative routes, or plan travel for outside these times. Our contractors will be actively working to minimise delays as much as possible.

Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signs.

In the event of unsuitable weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.  

Journey Planner(external link)

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Tree felling and maintenance works at Oropi roundabout this weekend

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises tree removal and maintenance works will take place at the Oropi roundabout on Saturday (16 October).

The westbound State Highway 29A on-ramp will be closed between 5.00am and 10.00am, when work to remove the trees will be undertaken. A signposted detour will be available via Oropi Road, Maleme Street and Cameron Road, before rejoining SH29A at the Barkes Corner roundabout. Only westbound traffic will be affected.

In addition to the on-ramp closure, there will be a lane closure through, and on the approach to, the Oropi roundabout to ensure vehicles follow the correct lanes to avoid the SH29A on-ramp.

Works are planned for the weekend to minimise the impact on traffic. Motorists are advised to expect delays in the area and are encouraged to allow extra time for travel, use alternative routes, or plan travel for outside these times. Our contractors will be actively working to minimise delays as much as possible.

Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signs.

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Journey Planner(external link)

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Waka Kotahi supports Coroner’s recommendations following fatal bus crash

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency welcomes Coroner Windley’s report into the fatal bus crash on Ohakune Mountain Road on 28 July 2018 and supports all the recommendations made in the report.

“Waka Kotahi would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Hannah Francis, the 11-year-old schoolgirl who died in the bus crash,” Director of Land Transport Kane Patena says.

“While the release of Coroner Windley’s report today will do nothing to lessen Hannah’s family’s grief, it might help prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.

“In her report, the Coroner makes 11 recommendations to avoid this sort of incident in the future involving driver training, seat belts for passenger vehicles, suggested roading and signage improvements on Ohakune Mountain Road, more focus on passenger vehicle servicing, a revision of the Alpine Code and the possible introduction of a new driver licence endorsement for operating a passenger service vehicle in alpine conditions.

“Waka Kotahi supports all the recommendations and will be working with the Ministry of Transport, NZ Police, WorkSafe, the Bus and Coach Association and other organisations to ensure they are implemented.”

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