The new Te Maunga interchange, at the State Highway 2 and 29A intersection at Baypark, will partially open late Monday night, 4 July, taking traffic over State Highway 2.
People travelling through the area are reminded to take extra care, follow the signs and stick to the 50km/h speed limit. People travelling from Pāpāmoa to Maungatapu and Tauriko please detour via Sandhurst Drive and Truman Lane.
The traffic switch is scheduled to take place overnight and the partially opened interchange will be used by people travelling on SH2 from Mount Maunganui and SH29A from Maungatapu.
The partial opening of the interchange will enable the next stage of construction at the Te Maunga end of the project, including the construction of the Truman Lane walkway, walking and cycling connections, the ramp approaching the interchange from Papamoa, and SH2 road under the interchange.
Changes for road users
Watch an animation of how it will work:
People are asked to take extra care when travelling through the new interchange as they get used to the new layout, especially during morning and evening peak times.
Access for walking and cycling will remain limited during this phase, however people can cross SH2 and access Baypark via Eversham Road, a new signalised crossing over the interchange and a temporary marked route towards Truman Lane. The final walking and cycling connection between Bayfair and Baypark won’t be available until the completion of the project.
Traffic flows will be proactively monitored, and the timing of the interchange signals adjusted to optimise traffic flows where delays are observed.
Once fully operational, the interchange will carry all State Highway 29A traffic to and from SH2, removing the need for motorists to cross the railway line and allowing traffic to flow more freely onto the Tauranga Eastern Link. Upon completion, the interchange will transform the intersection of the two state highways and improve safety for all road users.
Waka Kotahi thanks drivers, local residents and businesses for their patience.
The traffic switch and work leading up to it are weather dependent.
For more information, visit: nzta.govt.nz/temaunga