Safety upgrades for Bay roads

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Bay of Plenty drivers have been advised to leave extra time when travelling this month as roadworks and road projects continue.

NZ Transport Agency have warned drivers were likely to encounter speed restrictions and other traffic management, which could cause delays.

SH29/ Takitimu Drive and SH36/Taurikura Drive roundabout upgrade
Motorists have been asked to drive with extra care when travelling through the roundabouts over the next month. Tauranga City Council's contractor was carrying out works and speed restrictions, lane closures and occasional stop/go traffic management will be in place at times from this week.

SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi
Motorists travelling on SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi have been urged to drive with extra care as work continues on a major safety upgrade.

A section of highway between Wainui South Road and Sargent Drive is being repaired and widened, and a wire rope central median barrier installed to prevent head on crashes.

Traffic is currently split with works underway in the middle of the two lanes.
Some surfaces are sealed and a 50km/h speed restriction is in place for the safety of workers and to allow the seal to bed in.

People should only expect minor delays but are urged to stay alert behind the wheel as there will be changes to the road layout over the next month.

Road reseals in Tauranga
Contractors will be carrying out resealing on various sections of state highway around Tauranga next week. The following road closures and lane closures will be in place:

Cambridge road off ramp from SH2
· This road will be closed on Tuesday April 19th from 7pm until 5am.
· Detour will be via the Waihi road off ramp

SH2 Hewletts road
· Contractors will be working on two sections of the highway between Aerodrome road and Newton road, and McDonald Street to Aerodrome road on Wednesday April 20 from 7pm until 5am the following day. Motorists are advised to expect minor delays.

Tauranga road marking
Speed restrictions and traffic management would be in place on several sections of SH2 north of Tauranga and other state highways in the city area over the next fortnight while contractors carry out road marking. Motorists should expect short delays at times and slow moving vehicles in their lane at times.

For real time information on highway conditions and incidents or to report issues on the network visit www.nzta.govt.nz call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) or by following the Transport Agency on Facebook or @nztawaibop on twitter.

Bay of Plenty travellers can also go to www.drivelive.nz/BayofPlenty, a dedicated website that tells drivers what the current travel times are to get to key places.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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