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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

A small section of Girven Road between the Gloucester Road intersection and the Bayfair roundabout will be reduced to one lane in each direction for three days next week as part of the Bay Link project.

These lane closures will allow for testing and site investigations in the middle of Girven Road ahead of the construction of the permanent road in this area in early 2022.

Girven Road is anticipated to be one lane in each direction from 5am Monday 15 November, with all lanes restored to traffic in both directions by 5am Thursday 18 November.

Works will be undertaken during days shifts; however, lane closures will remain in place day and night. Access to Bayfair Shopping Centre and Gloucester Road will be maintained throughout the investigations.

During the three-day lane closure:

  • Only one lane of Girven Road headed towards the Bayfair roundabout will be able to proceed straight at the Gloucester Road signalised intersection.
  • Only the right-hand lane will be able to turn right onto Girven Road from the Bayfair Shopping Centre carpark at the Gloucester Road signalised intersection.
  • The first vehicle entrance/exit to Bayfair Shopping Centre on Girven Road after the Bayfair roundabout will remain closed.
  • Existing vehicle access to all Girven Road properties will be maintained.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are not expected to be impacted by these lane closures.

As part of these works, the material underneath the road will be tested to determine what loads it can bear to inform the extent of work required for future road construction.

From Monday 15 November, Tauranga City Council (TCC) will be undertaking a trial, introducing a cul-de-sac on Links Avenue. As part of TCC’s trial, vehicle access along Links Avenue will be restricted. Buses, emergency services and rubbish trucks will still have access, but bus timings could be impacted. The trial is expected to last up to five weeks.

For more information about the Links Avenue trial:

As a result of the overlapping of these separate works, delays are expected in the wider area and road users are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra time for their travel.

Motorists are asked to drive with extra care through the Bay Link site, reduce their speed and follow the directions provided by traffic management signs.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists, local residents and businesses for their patience while this work is undertaken.

For any queries regarding this work, please contact 0508 222 4636.

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