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Tauranga Eastern Link – significant road layout change

13 March 2014 | NZ Transport Agency - Waikato & Bay of Plenty

Tauranga Eastern Link – significant road layout change this weekend

Motorists are advised that there will be a significant road layout change taking place at the Tara Road and Domain Road intersection, Papamoa this weekend, as part of on-going construction of the NZ Transport Agency’s Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) project.

The existing Domain Road / Tara Road intersection will be removed and all traffic will be switched onto the new roundabout. At the same time, Domain Road traffic will be moved across onto the new southbound lanes to allow the existing Domain Road to be removed and the new northbound lanes (heading to Papamoa) and water retention ponds to be constructed.

From 6.00pm on Sunday evening 16 March through until early Monday morning 17 March, temporary traffic management will be in place in this area in preparation to move traffic onto the new road layout.

Motorists are advised to drive with care and to expect delays as traffic adjusts to the new road layout. This work is weather dependent, and if wet, the work will be undertaken on the next suitable day.

The Transport Agency thanks motorists for their patience and on-going co-operation while construction on the TEL project continues.

Keep up-to-date with developments at www.nzta.govt.nz/tel.


Editor’s notes

The four-lane tolled 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 late 2015.

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 Transport Agency 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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