The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that State Highway 2 from Bethlehem to Waihi Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions from this Sunday (22 September) for the entire week.
The Transport Agency’s regional Highways Manager, Brett Gliddon says extensive resurfacing works will be undertaken to the east bound lane (heading towards the city) from the Bethlehem/Moffat Road roundabout towards the Waihi Road over bridge.
“We have minimised disruption as much as possible by shortening the length it would normally take to do this work, however we do expect there to be delays.”
Mr Gliddon says a 50km/h speed restriction will be in place and traffic will be monitored particularly during the afternoon peak.
The works will start at approximately 7.00am each day and end at 6.00pm. The works involve stripping the existing surface and laying down a new surface. The work is expected to be completed by the weekend, provided weather conditions are favourable and work can continue uninterrupted.
“We do strongly recommend to motorists to allow sufficient time in their journeys for the delays and where possible they should use alternate routes around this particular area. Alternate routes are through Waihi Road over bridge and Brookfield via Millers Road.
We thank motorists in advance for their patience and we will try to minimise delays. The work is important and does need to be done now, so the Bethlehem to Waihi Road safety project can be completed.
Variable Message Boards have been put in place to provide motorists with advance warning of the work.
The NZTA’s website is regularly updated with information about most closures and detours at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic. This information is also available by phoning the NZTA’s free phone on 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49), which can also be used to report any significant road issues or hazards.
Coincidently, drivers can now subscribe to On The Move which is a free service providing information about road closures, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link)