Traffic has switched to using the whole of the new roundabout at the SH5/SH30 intersection.

NZTA said yesterday there was still some work to be done before it was completed, but the roundabout would make a positive difference for everyone travelling through the area.

Work on the $8.1 million roundabout was scheduled to finish in the middle of this year but soft ground in some areas, significant rainfall throughout the past 12 months, the discovery of part of Rotorua's original water supply system, a quarry closure, and delay in utilities relocations meant more time was needed, said NZ Transport Agency project manager Chris Farnsworth last week.

"There will be several traffic switches over the next month while the new roads are tied into the roundabout, sealed and then opened for use. Pedestrians can also use one of the underpasses with the other footpaths being opened over the coming few weeks.

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"The other remaining works include connecting the Te Puia carpark and the Mokoia Drive/holiday park areas into the new roundabout, landscaping and finishing works."

He said the roundabout would boost safety at the high-risk intersection, provide cycle and pedestrian access and create a gateway to Rotorua.

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