Roadworks are ramping up around the Bay of Plenty and drivers should expect delays in certain areas for the next three months.
NZ Transport Agency has released a list of road work areas causing speed restrictions and other traffic management.
Tauranga Eastern Link
Long-life road markings will be applied on the Tauranga Eastern Link expressway and motorway from February 22. The roadworks will be carried out at night for six weeks as the paint is slow to apply and takes hours to dry. There will be semi-static lane closure in place but no speed restrictions.
SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi
Motorists travelling on SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi are urged to drive with extra care over the next three months as work continues on a major safety upgrade. A section of highway between Wainui South Road and Sargent Drive will be repaired and widened, and a wire rope central median barrier installed to prevent head on crashes. Work started in January and is expected to wrap up in mid-May. People should only expect minor delays but are urged to stay alert behind the wheel as there will be significant changes including lane closures, speed restrictions and occasional stop/go traffic management.
Te Puke Highway
Motorists using the Te Puke Highway during February and March are being advised to allow extra time when travelling. Works are continuing along sections of the highway, which involve digging up and removing the old road and replacing it with new roading before sealing and roadmarking. Contractors are working on a 200m length of road adjacent to the AFFCO Rangiuru entrance. Work here is expected to be complete by early March, with only minor delays.
Work on an 800m section of road between Welcome Bay Road and Bell Road is creating longer delays due to the narrow road width. Traffic control will vary during the works and at times includes an eastbound detour around Tara Road. Heavy traffic will still be able to go through the site although this will be under stop/go control. This section of the project is planned for completion by late March.
Stop/ go traffic management will be in place from February 20 until February 26 while contractors carry out tree felling along the highway. Motorists are advised to allow an extra five minutes when travelling on this route.
Drivers can visit www.drivelive.nz/tauranga for current travel times around the Bay of Plenty.