Motorists are advised that as part of the NZ Transport Agency’s Tauranga Eastern Link project, there will be traffic changes taking place between Te Maunga and Bruce Road along State Highway 2.
These traffic changes are required to allow the final stage of the piling operation for the Mangatawa interchange to commence on the existing State Highway 2.
Commencing Tuesday 22 October at 6.00pm through to late evening, temporary traffic management will be in place on State Highway 2 in preparation to move traffic onto the new lanes at Mangatawa. Motorists are advised to drive with care and to expect minor delays.
This work is weather dependent, and if wet, the work will be undertaken on subsequent days.
The Transport Agency thanks motorists for their patience and ongoing co-operation while construction on the Tauranga Eastern Link project continues.
Keep up-to-date with developments at www.nzta.govt.nz/tel(external link).
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, Completing the Western Ring Route, Auckland - SH16, SH18 and SH20, Victoria Park Tunnel, Auckland - SH1, Waikato Expressway - SH1, Tauranga Eastern Link - SH2, Wellington Northern Corridor - SH1, Christchurch Motorways. More information is available at www.nzta.govt.nz/rons.