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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists that 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.

Some delays are expected at times, and motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.

Work sites for the week starting Sunday 25 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 landscaping works intermittently through this area.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge: Contractors will be working to widen the footpath on the southern side of the Puarenga Bridge to join with the shared path at either end of the bridge. Shoulder closures may be in place during off-peak times as this work progresses which may cause minor 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 intersection: The SH30/Tarawera intersection is now signalised and the roundabout has been removed. There will be lane closures in place around the Tarawera intersection to provide a safe work area for the contractors to complete the splitter islands, the concrete islands separating traffic travelling in opposite directions. The temporary speed limit of 30km/h will remain in place until September when surfacing is completed. Motorists are advised to adhere to the temporary speed limit, with the current surface not having enough skid resistance at higher speeds. The final layer of surfacing will be applied in September when temperatures are warmer to ensure a strong bond between the two layers of surfacing.
  • State Highway 30, Marino Road and Allen Mills Roads: From Monday 26 July to Wednesday 11 August, there will be no right turn into Marino Road from SH30/Te Ngae Road for southbound traffic and Allen Mills Road access will be from Vaughan Road only. Motorists, in particular heavy haulage, are required to detour via Owhata and Vaughan Roads to access Allen Mills and Marino Roads. Electronic signage will be in place to advise of the access restrictions.
  • 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 the Rotorua CBD.

See map below for pedestrian access routes.

Pedestrian access routes

Temporary speed limits of 30km/h or 50km/h are in place for everyone’s safety 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 and understanding while this important work is undertaken to improve SH30 for everyone using the road.

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