Passing lane on State Highway 2 to be closed


The second south-bound passing lane on State Highway 2, between Te Maunga and the Domain Road roundabout is to be permanently closed as part of the NZ Transport Agency's Tauranga Eastern Link project.

From the evening of Sunday 17 July, this passing lane will be closed to allow the next stage of the Tauranga Eastern Link construction work to start on State Highway 2 between Bruce Road and the Domain Road roundabout.

Coinciding with the closure, a long-term temporary speed restriction of 80km/hr will also be put in place between Bruce Road and Domain Road, for both north and southbound traffic.

In order to carry out the realignment work in this area, install concrete protection barriers and remove existing line marking, night time works will take place from Sunday 17 July through to Friday 22 July between the hours of 6pm and 6am.

Andrew Scott, the NZTA’s Tauranga Eastern Link Principal Project Manager says that while the night time works are being carried out a temporary speed restriction of 50km/hr will be in place.

“I would like to thank motorists in advance for their patience while this work is being undertaken” he said.

This work is weather dependant, and if it is wet the work will take place on the next suitable day.

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Editor’s notes

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: Puhoi to Wellsford - SH1(external link), Completing the Western Ring Route, Auckland(external link) - SH16, SH18 and SH20, Victoria Park Tunnel, Auckland - SH1(external link), Waikato Expressway - SH1(external link), Tauranga Eastern Link - SH2(external link), Wellington Northern Corridor - SH1(external link), Christchurch Motorway(external link)s. More information is available at link)

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