A $1.6m contract has been awarded to the New Zealand Transport Agency to build a new weigh station at Paengaroa on the Tauranga Eastern Link.
The new weigh station will replace two existing facilities that will be removed as part of the construction of the Link. The new weigh station will include a weigh-in-motion bridge, control building, inspection pit and a hard stand area for truck parking.
Bay of Plenty state highway manager Brett Gliddon said work would begin this summer and the project was due to be completed by July 2013.
"The Paengaroa weigh station is one of seven Tauranga Eastern Link enabling works projects. Five of the enabling works have already been completed and one currently underway to increase the size of the Maranui Wetland stormwater treatment pond".
The completed projects include:
- building the Kaituna Road extension
- extending Truman Lane
- relocating a bulk watermain
- storm water upgrades around Mangatawa, and expanding an existing pumpstation.
Mr Gliddon said the NZTA was making good progress on construction of the Link, the Bay of Plenty's largest ever state highway project and a key strategic transport corridor for the region.
The Link is expected to open in 2016 as a four-lane highway running from Te Maunga (near Baypark Stadium) in Tauranga to the existing junction of State Highways 2 and 33 (the Rotorua and Whakatane highways) near Paengaroa. It will be made up of 17km of new road and an upgrade of six kilometres of existing highway.