Drivers travelling through the Domain Road roundabout on State Highway 2 at Papamoa are advised that the roundabout layout will be changed.
The lanes will be narrowed and temporary concrete barriers and screening installed from May 23 as work progresses on the NZ Transport Agency's (NZTA) Tauranga Eastern Link project.
Once the new roundabout layout is in place, the slip lane for State Highway 2 traffic travelling from Te Puke towards Tauranga will be closed and traffic will be diverted through the roundabout.
Andrew Scott, the NZTA's Tauranga Eastern Link Principal Project Manager says various temporary road layouts and speed restrictions will be in place near the roundabout for the next four years whilst the new Domain Road interchange is being built.
"While we will always try to minimise the effect on the travelling public everyone travelling through the work site needs to take care. Lane widths will be narrowed and this will require extra care and attention," says Mr Scott.
The road layout changes will be notified in advance using road side information signs. A temporary speed restriction of 50km/hr will be in place at all times through this area.
"I would like to thank the public in advance for their patience while construction work is being carried out," Mr Scott said.
Keep up-to-date with developments at www.nzta.govt.nz/tel.
The four-lane Tauranga Eastern Link will run from Te Maunga (near Baypark Stadium) in Tauranga to the existing junction of State Highways 2 and 33 (the Rotorua and Whakatane highways) near Paengaroa. It will be made up of 17km of new road and an upgrade of six kilometres of existing highway. The new highway is expected to open to traffic in 2016.
The Government has identified seven essential state highway projects linked to New Zealand's economic prosperity. Called the roads of national significance, or RoNS for short, the NZTA is charged with delivering this programme of state highway improvements within the next 10 years. The RoNS programme represents one of New Zealand's biggest ever infrastructure investments and is a key part of the Government's National Infrastructure Plan and Government's Policy Statement for transport.
The seven RoNS projects are based around New Zealand's five largest population centres. The focus is on moving people and freight between and within these centres more safely and efficiently. Other RoNS may be added in future but currently from north to south the seven projects are:
More information is available at www.nzta.govt.nz/rons.