To improve peak traffic flows and improve overall travel reliability.
We are introducing roundabout metering at the SH2 Elizabeth Street roundabout to help improve traffic flow in the morning peak.
From mid-April 2019, traffic lights will be operating on SH2 Takitimu Drive northbound at the Elizabeth Street roundabout. The traffic lights will have orange and red lights - no green.
The traffic lights on SH2 will be phased to ease queues for SH2 citybound traffic onto Elizabeth Street during the weekday morning peak.
The lights will only operate when traffic queues on SH2 southbound activate the metering. When this happens, the lights will turn orange then red to stop the vehicles, allowing SH2 citybound traffic to enter the roundabout.
Give way rules still apply when entering the roundabout.
Roundabout metering helps control the traffic flow entering the roundabout and spreads the queuing more efficiently.
The roundabout metering follows an Australian system that uses orange and red lights only, with no green.
It is also the same system that was installed at SH29A Barkes Corner roundabout. It will be trialled for 12 to 18 months, and may become permanent
This work is part of a wider programme being implemented across the Bay of Plenty to improve safety and efficiency.