Big changes for SH2 - delays expected

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Motorists are advised that traffic will be switched across onto the new eastbound lanes between Mangatawa and Domain Road, as part of on-going construction of the NZ Transport Agency's Tauranga Eastern Link project.

The first of the traffic changes will be in place from early morning on Thursday at the Kairua Road and SH2 intersection, which becomes a permanent left-in and left-out only intersection.

This will mean that Kairua Road traffic will no longer be able to make right-hand turns from SH2 into Kairua Road or from Kairua Road onto SH2.

In preparation for the full traffic switch on Monday, April 14, onto the new eastbound lanes, traffic heading from Mangatawa towards the Domain Road intersection will be diverted down the new alignment. This diversion will be in place during the day from Thursday, April 10, through until Sunday, April 13, with a temporary speed restriction of 50km/h. At night, traffic will be switched back onto the existing SH2.

Motorists are advised to drive with care and to expect delays whilst this traffic management is in place.

This work will be weather dependent.

Once the traffic has been moved onto the eastbound lanes, work to construct the new westbound lanes (heading from Domain Road intersection towards Mangatawa) can begin.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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