People living and visiting Rotorua’s Eastside can look forward to more options on how they move around with the next stage of transport upgrades to SH30/Te Ngae Road about to start.
From mid-June, people will see temporary traffic management put in place, including lane shifts and off-peak shoulder closures, on the lake side of SH30/Te Ngae Road, between Iles and Basley roads.
Works will include the removal of concrete pedestrian islands, laying temporary asphalt and line markings to allow for lane shifts and to create a cycle lane, before installing temporary safety barriers.
Planned nightworks on Thursday 16 June and Friday 17 June
Safety barriers will be installed in the eastbound lane from Iles Road to Basley Road. This work will be carried out at night, from 8pm to 5am, under temporary traffic management with all eastbound lanes closed from the SH30/Tarawera Road intersection to Ōwhata Road.
A detour will be in place for all eastbound traffic from Tarawera Road intersection to Ōwhata Road. This detour will divert traffic along Vaughan Road. There will be no left turning lane onto SH30 from Allen Mills Road or Tennyson Drive, and no right turn onto SH30 from Basley Road, Tarawera Road, Tumene Drive or Brent Road.
Works are weather dependent.
Earthworks are expected to start between Iles and Basley roads later in the month and include removing the existing berm and footpath and excavating a trench to relocate services and underground existing overhead power lines, which will enable the road to be widened. This work also includes installing new water mains on behalf of Rotorua Lakes Council.
Traffic management will be set up throughout the work site between 7am to 6pm on weekdays to ensure contractors are able to work safely and efficiently. Plans will be in place to minimise delays through work sites during peak hours. A 50km/h temporary speed limit will be in place.
Most of this work is expected to take place in the road shoulder to reduce impact on traffic. Road users should plan for minor delays however lanes will remain open in both directions, and access for people walking and cycling provided. Works are weather dependent.
The first phase between Iles and Coulter roads received $35 million from the Government’s Crown Infrastructure Partners funding for construction to support growth and development in Eastside Rotorua. The project is expected to take about 22 months to complete.
The upgrade aims to:
Phase One key improvements: