New temporary traffic lights at SH2/SH29A intersection
A new temporary signalised intersection at Te Maunga, where State Highways 2 and 29A meet, has been operational since September 2020.
The former Te Maunga roundabout was removed and replaced with a temporary signalised T-intersection. This includes a pedestrian crossing over SH2.
The signalised intersection was introduced to enable construction of the embankments for the on and off ramps of the new interchange bridge at Te Maunga.
Since the introduction of the signalised intersection, the project team has proactively monitored traffic flow on SH2 and SH29A and made adjustments to the signal’s timing to optimise traffic flows where delays have been observed.
A 50km/h temporary speed limit applies through the Te Maunga intersection. A step-down speed limit (from 100km/h to 70km/h and then to 50km/h) applies on the northbound approach to the Te Maunga intersection from the Tauranga Eastern Link.
The rail level crossing on SH29A continues to operate. Marked yellow zones already warn motorists not to queue over the railway lines. Emergency escape bays have been added between the railway lines and the traffic signals. These bays provide emergency space for any vehicle needing to clear the yellow zone when rail signals alert that a train is approaching.
Road users are asked to drive with caution in the area, reduce speed and follow directions provided by traffic management and signage.
Due to the changes at this intersection, motorists are advised to allow extra time when travelling, especially during morning and evening peak times.
The entire interchange at Te Maunga (comprised of the SH2 bridge and the rail bridge) is anticipated to open this coming summer under temporary traffic management. The temporary signals currently located at Te Maunga will be decommissioned at this time.
Once operational, the interchange will carry all State Highway 29A traffic to and from SH2, removing the need for motorists to cross the railway line at grade and allowing traffic to flow more freely onto the Tauranga Eastern Link. Upon project completion, the finished interchange will transform the intersection of the two state highways and improve safety for all road users.
The following map provides an indication of the layout of the temporary signalised intersection.
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