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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Ahead of another busy long weekend on New Zealand roads, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty System Manager, Roger Brady says drivers should remain vigilant and plan ahead for long journeys, as New Zealanders continue to make the most of their summer.

“No matter what time of year it is, how busy or quiet the roads are expected to be or how far your trip is, it is always a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you know what to expect.

“We strongly encourage drivers to use our Journey Planner and check the real-time updates online which provide information on delays, road works and road closures.

“If drivers know what is happening on the road, they can better prepare for the trip ahead or delay heading off until traffic volumes are lighter, or delays are reduced.”

Mr Brady said there is still a lot of work still going on along State Highway 2 (SH2) between Waihī to Ōmokoroa. 

“Our crews are busy making the most of the great weather and longer daylight hours and drivers should expect temporary traffic management and temporary speed limits in place at multiple sites.

“Although we know delays can be frustrating the most important thing is that everyone gets to their destination safely and those who are working on the road can do so safely. Please plan ahead and be patient.”

Waka Kotahi thanks everyone for their patience while we undertake these important works to improve the safety and resilience of the state highway network.

Journey Planner(external link)

This is what you can expect to see on your journey between Waihī and Tauranga this week:

Tuesday 8 February – between Marshall Road and Wharawhara Road

  • Nightworks between 7pm and 5am. Stop/Go will be in place with a 30km/h temporary speed limit during the works and a 50km/h speed limit from 8 February to 11 February.
  • Minor delays of three to five minutes.

Ongoing safety improvement works (between 7am-6pm)

  • Athenree Road to Tanners Point Road – expect to see road layout changes marked out with lots of cones.
  • Hikurangi Road to Tuapiro Road – expect to see road layout changes marked out with lots of cones.
  • Rea Road / Tetley Road intersection – expect to see cones marking out works alongside the existing road.
  • Lund Road to Aongatete Road – expect to see road layout changes marked out with lots of cones.
  • Wainui River Bridge to south of Sargent Drive – expect to see cones marking out works alongside the existing road.
  • Minor delays of one to two minutes.  

Takitimu North Link enabling works, ecological and environmental investigations continuing:

  • Wairoa Road (off SH2) – Service relocations underway and continuing until mid-March, Stop/Go traffic management will be in place.

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

We advise to keep an eye on our Waikato/BOP Facebook page(external link) for any changes to major planned works and check the interactive Journey Planner website(external link) for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours before you travel. 

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