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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.

Contractors will be following strict industry standards provided by Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ) to ensure the safety of workers and road users. People must maintain safe physical distancing of two metres when walking/cycling near the sites.

Some delays are expected at times, and motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. There may be an increase in pedestrians and cyclists around the site, so please be careful when driving near them.

Work sites for the week starting Sunday 5 September:

  • 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 through this area.
  • State Highway 30, centre median and footpath east of Puarenga Bridge: Contractors continue with landscaping at the median and shared path east of the Puarenga Bridge. Lane closures in both directions will 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 which may cause moderate delays.
  • State Highway 30, Ngapuna shops: Contractors will begin upgrading the car park and footpath outside the Ngapuna shops. Car parks will be available for customers of the shops open at Alert Level 3.  
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera intersection: Contractors continue to construct the concrete islands separating traffic travelling in opposite directions. Motorists are advised to adhere to the temporary speed limit, with the current surface not having enough skid resistance for higher speeds. The temporary speed limit of 30km/h will remain in place until final surfacing is completed this month.
  • State Highway 30, westbound Allen Mills Road to Anytime Fitness: Installation of stormwater services continues on SH30/Te Ngae Road. There will be westbound lane shifts in place through this section, maintaining two lanes of traffic as per usual.

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The right turn into Allen Mills Road for westbound traffic from SH30/Te Ngae Road remains closed. Motorists, in particular heavy haulage, are required to detour via Ōwhata and Vaughan Roads to access Allen Mills Road. Electronic signage is in place to advise of the access restrictions.

  • State Highway 30, Waitawa Stream pedestrian bridge (outside Lynmore School): Contractors continue to widen the pedestrian bridge, connecting it to the shared path just west of the bridge. Westbound shoulder/lane closures may be in place during off-peak times which may cause moderate delays. Barriers will be in place to direct pedestrians and cyclists safely around site.
  • 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.

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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