A temporary but significant change for Truman Lane traffic will be put in place early December to enable the next stage of road reconstruction in the area.
Overnight on Sunday 4 December, a short section of Truman Lane (westbound) will be reduced to one lane, between Bay of Plenty House Removals and the SH29A roundabout (outside Baypark Stadium). This means access to Truman Lane from the SH29A roundabout, and the eastbound lane up to Bay of Plenty House Removals, will be closed. The temporary lane closure is expected to be in place, all going to plan, until autumn 2023.
“Since the partial opening of SH2/29A Te Maunga interchange in July, our crew has been reconstructing the eastern side of Truman Lane between the new SH29A roundabout and the former Baypark/Truman Lane roundabout,” explains Jo Wilton, Waka Kotahi Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery.
“With this area nearing completion, work will soon start on reconstructing the next section of Truman Lane that sits within the Bay Link site. To protect our crew, and so they can safely reconstruct the road, we’re putting in temporary barriers, lowering the speed limit to 30km/h on a short section of Truman Lane and closing one lane to provide a safe work area.
“Reducing the road to a single lane enables work to be completed safely alongside live traffic and as efficiently and quickly as possible.
“It is important we get this piece of the puzzle underway as soon as possible. This work needs to be completed during the warmer months as work in winter is much more challenging, making road construction considerably more difficult and time consuming.
“Once the barriers are installed around the new work zone, and the traffic switch has been put in place, you’ll see our crew removing the old asphalt and excavating the ground to ensure the new road is constructed on a solid foundation,” Ms Wilton says.
Weather dependent and all going well, the lane closure is expected to be in place until autumn 2023. All Truman Lane businesses, including Baypark Stadium and Te Maunga Transfer Station, will remain accessible throughout the duration of the work via Sandhurst interchange and Mangatawa Link Road.
What this means for people wanting to get to:
SH29A from SH2/TEL:
The existing 50km/h speed limit will remain in place on Truman Lane except on the westbound approach to the SH29A roundabout where a temporary 30km/h speed limit will apply. All road users approaching the SH29A roundabout from Truman Lane need to give way at this intersection, including when continuing west onto SH29A.
If the traffic switch is delayed because of weather or other unforeseen issues, it will be carried out on the next suitable night.
“We ask road users to take care while they adjust to the new road layout and comply with the temporary speed limits, share the road safely with trucks and oversized vehicles, and be aware of vehicle movements in and out of Truman Lane businesses,” Ms Wilton says.
“We’ll be monitoring traffic flows and adjusting the timing of the interchange signals to optimise traffic flows where delays are observed. But please allow extra time when travelling through this area, especially during peak periods.”
Temporary access for people walking and cycling will continue to be provided. People can cross SH2 via a new signalised crossing from Eversham Road before connecting with Baypark/Truman Lane via a permanent footpath over the bridges and the existing temporary footpath along Truman Lane. The permanent walking and cycling connection between Bayfair and Baypark will be available at the completion of the project.
Waka Kotahi thanks drivers, local residents and businesses for their patience.
For more information, visit nzta.govt.nz/trumanlane