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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

As part of the Bay Link project, construction of the permanent road along the two central lanes on a portion of Girven Road is due to get underway next week.

A small section of Girven Road between the Gloucester Road intersection and the Bayfair roundabout will be temporarily reduced to one lane in each direction from Wednesday 9 February and is expected to re-open late-March. This timeframe is indicative only and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather and/or ground conditions. 

The traffic switch to close the two central lanes is scheduled to take place overnight on Wednesday 9 February, Thursday 10 February and Friday 11 February 2022, from approximately 7pm to 6am each night, finishing Saturday morning. 

Site investigations were completed in November 2021 which informed the construction of these lanes. This work needs to be completed during the warmer months as winter weather conditions are unsuitable for road construction.  

Waka Kotahi appreciates it’s a busy time of year on the roads with people returning to work, school and university. Delays are expected in the wider area and road users are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destination.  

Waka Kotahi continues to work with Tauranga City Council to minimise the effects of the temporary lane reductions. 

While the temporary lane reductions are in place: 

  • Access to Bayfair Shopping Centre and Gloucester Road will be maintained. 
  • 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.  
  • Existing vehicle access to all Girven Road properties will be maintained. 
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are not expected to be impacted. 

Please drive with extra care through the Bay Link site, reduce your speed and follow the directions provided on traffic management signs. A 30km/h temporary speed restriction is in place around the Bayfair roundabout for the duration of the Bay Link project. 

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

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