The NZ Transport Agency advises people travelling on State Highway 1 (SH1) in the Waikato to expect delays and allow extra time to get to their destination, as work on the Waikato Expressway continues.
Stop/go traffic management and speed restrictions will be in place on various sections this month as work ramps up.
A 70km/h speed restriction will be introduced along the length of the Rangiriri section from tomorrow (Saturday May 9). This speed is likely to stay in place until the project is complete to ensure the safety of all motorists traveling through the site.
Further south on the Cambridge section, contractors will be carrying out night works at both the Northern and Southern interchanges as they prepare to open the areas to traffic.
At 6pm on Sunday (May 10) until the 5am on the 11th, south bound SH1 traffic will be switched to travel under the new Southern Interchange, joining SH1 on Tirau Road. Weather dependent.
Other road work sites where delays are possible are detailed below to allow motorists to plan ahead when travelling.
The Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience and thanks motorists for their patience during the works.
SH3-Raynes Road between Hamilton and airport turnoff (SH21)
Stop/go traffic management and a speed restriction of 30km/h are in place until the end of May, Monday to Saturday. Motorists should allow an extra five minutes or consider using SH1 and SH21 if travelling to Hamilton Airport.
Contractors are building a right-turn bay for north-bound traffic and realigning the corner.
SH1 Lake Karapiro – Keeley Reserve
A speed restriction of 30km/h is in place while contractors build a right-turn bay at the access road to the Keeley Reserve at Lake Karapiro.
Final works will be undertaken to complete the pavement works this week. Speed restrictions will remain in place and from time to time Stop/go traffic management may be in place. Minor delays are likely to occur.
SH3/37 Waitomo turnoff roundabout construction
Work continues until end of May. Traffic is being managed through the site. Speed restriction 30km/h. Expect short delays.
SH23, Te Pahu
Stop/ go traffic management and speed restrictions will be in place to allow contractors to carry out drainage works and repair a guard rail from May 11. Motorists are advised to expect short delays.
SH26 safety improvements
Traffic management and speed restrictions of 30km/h will be in place between the Kuranui Road intersection and Motumaoho Bridge until mid-May. Contractors are installing guard rails and a turning bay during daylight hours from Monday to Saturday. Motorists are advised to expect short delays when travelling on this route.
For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can check out and sign up to On The Move at www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link).
For real time information on highway conditions and incidents visit www.nzta.govt.nz(external link) call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawaibop on twitter.