Roadworks season in full swing: allow extra time when travelling around the Bay of Plenty and Waikato

Rotorua motorists are advised to allow extra time when travelling this week as contractors carry out roadworks on a number of state highway sites.

Stop/go traffic management, changes to the road layout and speed restrictions will be in place at sites on SH5 near Oturoa Rd, SH36 near the Mangapouri Bridge, SH33 at Sun Valley and SH5 Old Taupo Road by the Thermal Holiday Park and Polytech.

Motorists are advised to allow and extra 10 to 15 minutes when travelling these routes.

The work sites are shown below:

Waikato & Bay of Plenty worksites

Waikato & Bay of Plenty worksites

SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi

Motorists travelling on SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi are urged to drive with extra care over the next four months as work gets underway on a major safety upgrade.

A section of highway between Wainui South Road and Sargent Drive will be repaired and widened, and a wire rope central median barrier installed to prevent head on crashes.

Work started this month and is expected to wrap up in early May.

People should only expect minor delays minor delays but are urged to stay alert behind the wheel as there will be significant changes including lane closures, speed restrictions and occasional stop/go traffic management.

SH36 – Mangorewa Gorge

Motorist travelling between Tauranga and Rotorua on SH36 are advised to expect delays over the next month as contractors carry out rockfall prevention work in the Mangorewa Gorge.

Speed restrictions and stop/go traffic management will be in place at times from January 25.


SH3 Ohaupo Road, Hamilton

Work starts next week on a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians alongside one of Hamilton’s busiest roads.

The $2 million project on SH3 Ohaupo Road runs from Lorne Street to Dixon Road and includes an arm up Normandy Avenue to Bader Street – about 3.5km in total.

Schick Construction has the contract for the works, which includes widening of existing footpaths, construction of a new 3m wide shared walking and cycling path from Garden Heights Ave to Dixon Rd, and improvements for on-road cyclists and motorists with the removal of “pinch points”. The project will also see two zebra crossings near Normandy Ave shops upgraded to signalised pedestrian crossings.

The work wraps up in late May.

SH3 –Hamilton Airport

More than 1km of roadworks on SH3 just south of the Hamilton Airport turnoff are under way and motorists can expect minor delays for the next six weeks.

The job will see repairs to a 1.2km section of highway south of SH21 (Airport Road). As that wraps up the side-by-side passing lanes will be removed and about 380 metres of wire rope barrier installed where the passing lanes change over.

Passing lanes will be retained south-bound for 1km from the new roundabout being built at the SH3/21 intersection. Similarly there will be two lanes north-bound from Kaipaki Road for 1km.

The roadworks will be completed by late February. Speed restrictions are in place during the work, and while the roundabout is built, so motorists on this route should add a few minutes to their journey times.

During the roadworks, traffic will be down to single lanes in both directions. Work will be done during the day, avoiding peak times, and two-way traffic will be maintained at all times.

To enable the roundabout to be built “off-line”, a temporary road is being built for traffic going in and out of SH21 and that will be in use from Monday, 25 January until the project is completed in May. For short periods there will be stop/go traffic management.

SH24 Matamata

Works is progressing on Matamata’s main street - known as Broadway/SH24.

The works are at night for the town end with mostly day works for the section down to Burwood Road. Contractors Broadspectrum will be there until mid-February.

Heavy vehicles are being detoured away from Broadway at night and this will be extended to both day and night at various times until 29 January to protect the new surface.

SH1 Kahikatea Drive, Hamilton

Contractors are gearing up to install traffic lights at the SH1 Kahikatea Drive and Gallagher Drive intersection.

There will be speed restrictions and traffic management as work moves out into the lanes ahead of a mid-year completion.

Waikato Expressway

Traffic management and speed restrictions are in place along some sections of SH1 as work continues on the Rangiriri and Huntly sections of the Waikato Expressway.

The Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience and thanks motorists for their patience during the works.

People can get information on road works and detours in the region they are in, or travelling to by going online and checking link) , by calling 0800 444 449 or following the Transport Agency  on Facebook or Twitter.

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