One of the highways between Rotorua and Tauranga will be temporarily closed as it is dug up and resealed.

The NZ Transport Agency planned to close a section of State Highway 36, the Tauranga Direct Road, for five nights beginning this Sunday, September 30.

Each day's closure was scheduled to be from 8 pm to 5am. The road will be open during the day but travellers have been warned to expect an uneven surface.

The work will take place in the Mangorewa Gorge, approximately 1–2km south of Te Matai Rd.

The agency recommended people use a detour via The Tauranga Eastern Link and State Highway 33 or the Te Puke Highway (a free route) and State Highway 33.

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NZ Transport Agency suggest people take the SH33 and SH2 detour while SH36 is closed. Graphic/NZME
NZ Transport Agency suggest people take the SH33 and SH2 detour while SH36 is closed. Graphic/NZME

The Agency's transport system manager for the Bay of Plenty, Rob Campbell, said the essential work would strengthen the road and provide a safe surface for all users in a windy and steep environment.

The agency thanked people in advance for their patience.

The work was weather dependent and may need to be moved to another date.

People can check the highway's status on the agency's website, social media or by calling 0800 4 HIGHWAYS.

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