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Solution found to move trucks through State Highway 25, South of Coromandel

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NZ Transport Agency contractors have started a complex operation on State Highway 25, just south of Coromandel town, which will allow heavy vehicles to use an area affected by a slip below the road.

The slip below the road, which occurred on August 10th, has restricted traffic to a single lane and trucks have been excluded due to the unstable nature of the site.

The road should be open to all traffic on Monday. Motorists can expect delays of up to ten minutes while the excavation work is taking place. Drivers will be stopped during parts of the operation and traffic flows will be monitored to lessen the impact on motorists.

Once the work is finished all traffic will be able to use the road but will continue to operate as one-lane with signals controlling traffic until the permanent solution can be constructed.

The Transport Agency appreciates the patience of road users, particularly freight operators and their clients who have been affected by the detour.

Work is continuing with geo-technical engineers to find a permanent solution for the site. More information on this is expected next week.

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 or @nztawaibop 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, 7km south of Coromandel town

The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists to expect delays of up to ten minutes on State Highway 25 just south of Coromandel Township while work is carried out to allow trucks to use the road.

A slip below the road has occurred and trucks have not been allowed to use the route for safety reasons.

The slip, below the highway, occurred at approximately 4pm Wednesday August 10th. Trucks have not been able to use the route because of safety concerns.

Motorists can expect delays of up to ten minutes while the temporary solution is put in place. Once the work is finished one lane of the road will be closed and stop/go traffic management will be in place.

Bay of Plenty

SH5 Tumunui — south of Rotorua

Work on a major repair to State Highway 5 at Tumunui, 17kms south of Rotorua, is underway. Motorists are advised to expect lengthy delays and consider using an alternative route.

Transport Agency contractors will be digging out and replacing a 12 metre wide, four metre deep stretch of the highway, which has been damaged by a natural process called tunnel erosion.

One lane remains open and stop/go traffic management has been in place since the damage to the road first occurred in late July. Motorists should be prepared for delays of up to 10 minutes during work hours and are urged to consider using an alternative route such as State Highway 1 and State Highway 30.

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

Work has started on upgrading 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(external link) is providing a free park and ride service. Visit their website 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 roundabout

There will be some changes to the road layout to facilitate the building of the second bridge.

The work will take place from Sunday 4th September 6pm until early Monday morning.

Motorists can expect some delays and should abide by all road works signs in the area.

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