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Tauranga Eastern Link temporary road closures/layout changes

24 June 2013 | NZ Transport Agency - Waikato & Bay of Plenty

Tauranga Eastern Link – temporary road closures and layout changes for the State Highway 2/Domain Road intersection

Motorists are advised that temporary road closures and road layout changes will take place this weekend at the State Highway 2 (SH2) Domain Road intersection near Papamoa, this will allow construction of the Domain Road interchange (part of the NZ Transport Agency’s Tauranga Eastern Link project) to take place.

The Domain Road closure will start this Friday (5 July) between Tara Road and the SH2 roundabout from 6.00pm until 6.00am Saturday morning (6 July). This area will be closed again Saturday evening from 7.00pm, with the road not expected to be reopened until Monday 8 July at 6.00am.

Sign posted detours via State Highway 2, Bell Road, Parton Road and Tara Road will be in place, motorists are advised to expect minor delays and to adhere to the posted speed restrictions and detours.

As of next Monday the State Highway 2 Domain Road intersection will have a new road layout with traffic moved onto a temporary roundabout and slip lane so that ground preparation work can take place on the existing highway.

This work is weather dependent, and if wet, the work will be undertaken on the next suitable day.

The Agency wants to thank drivers in advance for their patience while we get this important work underway, if motorists want to find out more about the timing of this work they should go to the NZTA’s website at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions; or free phone 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

The agency also uses other technology to provide information to enable drivers to make better informed choices about their travel. On The Move is a free service which enables people to sign up for information about crashes, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to www.onthemove.govt.nz.

What to know how the TEL is progressing, visit the project website at: www.nzta.govt.nz/tel

The four-lane Tauranga Eastern Link will run from Te Maunga (near Baypark Stadium) in Tauranga to the existing junction of State Highways 2 and 33 (the Rotorua and Whakatane highways) near Paengaroa. It will be made up of 17km of new road and an upgrade of six kilometres of existing highway. The new highway is expected to open to traffic in 2016.

The Government has identified seven essential state highway projects linked to New Zealand’s economic prosperity. Called the roads of national significance, or RoNS for short, the NZTA is charged with delivering this programme of state highway improvements within the next 10 years. The RoNS programme represents one of New Zealand’s biggest ever infrastructure investments and is a key part of the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan and Government’s Policy Statement for transport.

The seven RoNS projects are based around New Zealand's five largest population centres. The focus is on moving people and freight between and within these centres more safely and efficiently. Other RoNS may be added in future but currently from north to south the seven projects are: Puhoi to Wellsford - SH1, Completing the Western Ring Route, Auckland - SH16, SH18 and SH20, Victoria Park Tunnel, Auckland - SH1, Waikato Expressway - SH1, Tauranga Eastern Link - SH2, Wellington Northern Corridor - SH1, Christchurch Motorways. More information is available at www.nzta.govt.nz/rons

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