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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 in Rotorua next week, as part of the Eastern Corridor Stage Two project.

Temporary traffic management is place, including lane shifts and off-peak shoulder closures, on the lake side of SH30/Te Ngae Road, between Iles and Basley roads.  

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

Planned night works and temporary overnight road closure on SH30/Te Ngae Road between Iles and Ōwhata Road from Sunday 31 July 2022, 7pm to 6am  

Contractors will be carrying out nightworks to trench from Basley Road across SH30/Te Ngae Road to underground services, including power and fibre.  

  • These works are scheduled to start on the Sunday 31 July and are expected to take five nights (weather dependent).
  • Between 7pm and 6am, temporary traffic management and a full road closure of SH30/Te Ngae Road between Iles and Ōwhata Road will be in place. Detours will be in place along Vaughan Road.
  • Access to local residents and businesses will be maintained.
  • SH30/Te Ngae Road will be open throughout the day.
  • We aim to keep noise to a minimum throughout the night, however due to the nature of the work, some noise is unavoidable.          

Temporary road closure on Tennyson Drive from Monday 8 August at 7am to Tuesday 9 August, 6pm 

Contractors will be carrying out trenching across Tennyson Drive to underground services including power, fibre and water from Monday 8 August. 

  • Temporary traffic management will be in place with a full road closure at the Tennyson Drive and SH30/Te Ngae Road intersection and detours in place. 
  • We expect this work to take two days, weather dependent.

SH30/Te Ngae Road – Waitawa pedestrian bridge  

A safety grate at the Waitawa pedestrian footbridge on the southern side of SH30/Te Ngae Road will be installed in the coming weeks. Temporary traffic management will be in place with an off-peak lane closure which may cause minor delays. 

SH30/Te Ngae Road – Marino Road – landscaping 

Hard landscaping will be completed, including fencing in the garden and berm at the intersection of SH30/Te Ngae Road and Marino Road in the coming weeks. Temporary traffic management will be in place with an off-peak shoulder closure, this may cause minor delays. 

SH30/Te Ngae Road – planned garden maintenance    

Garden maintenance at the SH30/ Te Ngae Road centre median between Sala Street and Tarawera Road is planned for the coming weeks. Temporary traffic management will be in place with off-peak lane closures in both directions, which may cause moderate delays. 

SH30/Te Ngae Road – between Iles and Basley roads 

Earthworks continue between Iles and Basley roads and include removing the existing berm and footpath and excavating a trench to relocate services and underground existing overhead power lines, which will enable the road to be widened. This work also includes installing new water mains on behalf of Rotorua Lakes Council. 

Good to know

Temporary traffic management is in place throughout the work site between 7am and 6pm on weekdays to ensure contractors are able to work safely and efficiently. Plans are in place to minimise delays through work sites during peak hours.  

Most of this work is expected to take place in the road shoulder to reduce impact on traffic. Road users should plan for minor delays however two lanes (one in each direction) will remain open, and access for people walking and cycling provided.  

Temporary speed limits of 50km/h are in place for everyone’s safety at the above work sites, including when workers are off-site. Works are weather dependent and in the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. 

  • A temporary on-road cycle lane is in place.
  • The footpath on the northern side, heading east on SH30/Te Ngae Road, remains closed from Iles Road to Basley Road for the duration of this work. To cross SH30/Te Ngae Road safely, we encourage pedestrians to use the southern side footpath, along with the signalised crossings at Iles Road and the midblock crossing between Basley Road and Tennyson Drive. 
  • In the coming week, a temporary signalised crossing will be installed at the city centre end of Puketāwhero Park.
  • Temporary traffic management remains in place and lanes have been shifted between Iles and Basley Roads. This includes no right turn onto SH30 from Tennyson Drive, and no right turn onto SH30 from Basley Road. Please follow the sign posted detour via Brent and Vaughan roads.

About the project 

The first phase between Iles and Coulter roads received $35 million from the Government’s Crown Infrastructure Partners funding for construction to support growth and development in Eastside Rotorua. The project is expected to take about 22 months to complete. 

The upgrade aims to: 

  • improve local connectivity
  • increase the number of people walking and cycling
  • improve reliability of bus services
  • improve better access to walking and cycling opportunities
  • support a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Phase One key improvements: 

  • Raised safety platforms at Tennyson Drive, Tumene Drive and Brent Road (complete)
  • Upgrades to key intersections at Wharenui Road, Ōwhata Road and Basley Road
  • New three-metre-wide shared path and separate on-road cycle lane
  • Four lanes between Iles and Basley Roads, and Brent and Ōwhata roads
  • New pedestrian crossings, bus stops and safety improvements

Eastern Corridor – Stage 2 project page 

Some of the above works are weather dependent and may be postponed in the case of poor weather.

For up-to-date information on road works, traffic, detours and delays, drivers are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner.

Journey Planner(external link)

Waka Kotahi thanks you for your patience while we complete this essential work to make our state highways safer and more resilient.