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Check for road works and events before setting out in Waikato and Bay of Plenty

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The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists to plan their journey before heading out in Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

The annual AIMS Games, which will see thousands of 11–13 year olds and their guardians descend on Tauranga, begins on Sunday and continues through until Friday 9th September.

Major repair work is also continuing at State Highway 5, 17kms south of Rotorua. The road will be closed will for around two hours from 10am tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Motorists can use the Transport Agency website before travelling to choose the best routes and times to start their journeys.

For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can check out and sign up to On the Move(external link).

For real time information on highway conditions and incidents or to report issues on the network visit the Transport Agency's traffic and travel page, call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) or by following the Transport Agency on Facebook(external link) or @nztawaibop(external link) on twitter.

Motorists can also go to Drivelive(external link), a dedicated website that tells people what the current travel times are to get to key places around the North Island.

Work that is scheduled to start in the next week or is currently underway is detailed below to help people plan ahead when travelling. Works are weather dependent and may be postponed if necessary.

Waikato

State Highway 25 – Slip below the road, 9kms south of Coromandel town

The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists to expect delays after a slip below the road near Kereta, 9kms south of Coromandel town.

Only one lane remains open and it will be stop/go at the site until a permanent solution to fix the slip, below the highway, is determined.

The slip, below the highway, occurred at approximately 4pm Wednesday August 10th. A permanent solution is currently being worked on.

Bay of Plenty

SH5 Tumunui – south of Rotorua

State Highway 5 at Tumunui, 17kms south of Rotorua will be closed for up to two hours late tomorrow morning while emergency repairs are undertaken on the temporary road.

Motorists are advised to expect lengthy delays and consider using an alternative route.

Transport Agency contractors have been undertaking major repairs at the site after the road was damaged by a natural process called tunnel erosion.

The closure is being put in place for around two hours from 10am Friday 2nd September to carry out repairs to the temporary unsealed road put in place at the site.

Motorists should be prepared for delays and are urged to consider using an alternative route such as State Highway 1 and State Highway 30. Cars and non-heavy vehicles can also use SH5- Tumunui Road, on to Corbett Road, on to Hossack Road, on to Waikite Valley Rd and then back to SH5

SH30 Rotorua – Iles Road/Te Ngae Road intersection upgrade (Lynmore junction)

Work is continuing on the upgrade to the intersection at Iles Road and Te Ngae Road (SH30), also known as Lynmore junction.

Lights and a controlled pedestrian crossing are being installed as part of the Lynmore development.

Initial work will be done off the state highway, such as relocating services (storm water, power, gas etc.).

The next step will be to widen the road and install the traffic lights. Temporary pedestrian and cycling access is signposted.

The work is expected to be finished by mid-November. Motorists can expect some delays while work is being carried. To avoid any potential delays Lynmore residents can use alternative routes such as Vaughn Road and Tarawera/Lynmore connections.

Tauranga – State Highway 2 and 29a – AIMS Games Opening Event at ASB Arena

The AIMs Games opening ceremony will be held at ASB Arena on Sunday 4th September. The event continues until Friday 9th September.

During the week, there will be events at most sport facilities & reserves throughout the City.

The Transport Agency asks motorists to allow extra time while travelling during this time.

The Tauranga City Council is providing a free park and ride service. Visit their website(external link) for more information.

SH29/SH36 Takitimu Drive roundabout upgrade

Motorists are asked to drive with extra care and expect delays when travelling through the roundabout over the coming weeks.

Tauranga City Council’s contractor is carrying out works and speed restrictions, lane closures and occasional stop/go traffic management will be in place at times.

SH29A Maungatapu underpass

On Monday 5th September west-bound traffic will be temporarily re-routed to allow construction to start on the second Maungatapu roundabout bridge.

The minor traffic shift should not affect the flow of traffic however some motorists may experience a slight change in the timing of the lights.

Traffic is already using the first bridge which was opened in June.

SH2 Te Puna Road roundabout

Road works are starting on the roundabout.

A 30kph speed restriction will be put in place from 9am to 4pm. Extra care is required when traveling through this site.

Road Resealing work

Contractors are resealing Western Bay of Plenty local roads for the next three months.

Please observe all speed restrictions on these sites and drive with care.

Te Puke Highway

Contractors will be carrying out road repairs between Kopuroa Stream Bridge and Poplar Lane starting next week.

Temporary speed limits will be in place and motorists can expect delays.

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