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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises multiple worksites are active on State Highway 30/ Te Ngae Road, between Sala Street and Iles Road, in Rotorua this week, as part of the Eastern Corridor Stage One project.

Delays are expected at times and motorists are advised to plan for these delays and allow extra time for their journeys.

Revised date for new signalised intersection at State Highway 30/Tarawera Road intersection

The new signalised intersection at the State Highway 30/Tarawera Road intersection in Rotorua is now scheduled to be operational from 6am on Friday 23 July. The new date is to accommodate the inclement weather forecast and remains weather dependent.

The upgrade means that one of Rotorua’s busiest intersections will be safer and easier to use. The temporary roundabout will be removed overnight, with the lights expected to be operational from 6am on Friday 23 July. Work has been scheduled to take place overnight where possible to reduce impact on traffic. From Thursday 22 July 7pm to Friday 23 July 6am, the intersections with SH30 at Marino and Tarawera roads will be closed with detours in place.

The temporary signalised intersection is being introduced during the school holidays, when traffic flows are more consistent throughout the day. However, motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys, especially during morning and evening peak times. Some delays are anticipated as people adjust to the new layout and the traffic lights. The intersection performance will be monitored and adjustments made to the traffic light phasing, as required.

When the traffic lights are operational, the community is being advised to expect the intersection to be an active worksite for the next few weeks as final works are completed.

Work sites for the week starting Sunday 18 July:

  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge underpass – The Puarenga Bridge underpass is open with pedestrians and cyclists requested to take care as contractors continue with intermittent landscaping works through this area.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge – Contractors will be working to widen the footpath on either side of the Puarenga Bridge to join with the shared path at either end of the bridge. Shoulder/lane closures will be in place during off-peak times as this work progresses which may cause significant delays.
  • State Highway 30, median, east of Puarenga Bridge – Contractors continue with landscaping works at the median east of the Puarenga Bridge. Lane closures may be in place during off-peak times which may cause moderate delays.
  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Vaughan Road – The footpath on the northern side remains closed for public safety as contractors complete the shared path construction and landscaping works in this area. Shoulder/lane closures may be in place during off-peak times as part of these works which may cause minor delays.
  • State Highway 30, Ngapuna shops to Marino Road – Contractors are working along the northern side of SH30/ Te Ngae Road from just east of Ngapuna shops to Marino Road connecting services, surfacing against new kerbs and completing shared path works. Lane closures may be in place during off-peak times which may cause minor delays.
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera roundabout – The signalised intersection is expected to be operational from 6am on Friday 23 July, weather dependent. Contractors are removing redundant line marking, installing traffic loops for the lights and completing the new intersection line marking which can only be done in conjunction with the traffic lights going live. Night works will take place between 7pm and 6am on Sunday 18 July and Monday 19 July, weather dependent. The intersections with SH30 at Marino and Tarawera Roads will be closed intermittently during these hours with detours in place. Westbound lane closures will be in place between 10am and 2pm on Monday 19 July to allow contractors to install overhead traffic lights which may cause significant delays. 
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera Road – Contractors continue working intermittently on the new watermain along the footpath. Traffic management will be in place and may include off-peak Stop/ Go operations. The footpath will remain open.
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills Road to Iles Road – Pedestrian access through this section is for business access and residents only as there is no through access to Rotorua CBD. See below map for pedestrian access routes.

Temporary speed limits of 30km/h or 50km/h are in place at the above work sites, including when workers are off-site.

Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use the signalised crossings at either Sala Street or Iles Road, and the temporary pedestrian crossing at Tarawera Road.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

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