Bridge progress

Construction work on the Harbour Link Project is continuing to operate close to schedule. The latest development is the closure of the Dive Crescent exit from the bridge with all traffic diverted to exits at either Chapel or Elizabeth Streets. This closure is expected to be in place until December.


Traffic on the new harbour bridge.

This information from New Zealand Transport Agency’s bulletin of works scheduled for the week beginning Monday, October 12, published below.

1. Harbour Link Project
Intended programme for next week (weather dependent, therefore subject to change)
* A long-term footpath closure (approximately 3 weeks) from Waihi Rd to Takitimu Dr footbridge on the harbour side while work is undertaken on the guardrail alongside the footpath.
* A series of discrete lane closures and rolling blocks will be undertaken from the new Harbour Bridge to Takitimu Dr in preparation for opening the Chapel St Viaduct. One lane will be available at all times; delays are expected so please drive with caution.
* A series of discrete lane closures will be deployed on Takitimu Dr to relocate median barriers.  All eastbound traffic will be redirected to a single lane, and diverted off onto the Elizabeth St eastbound off ramp. A subsequent diversion will take place approximately 100m from the roundabout. All westbound traffic will be single lane from the Takitimu Dr footbridge to 100m before the roundabout - one lane will be available at all times. This closure will remain in place for approximately 3 weeks.
* Changes will be implemented around the Mirrielees Rd/Dive Cr area for pedestrians and cyclists. Please follow the sign posted route and use the controlled intersections where available.
* A lane diversion will be installed from Marsh St to Dive Cr, requiring traffic to travel on the harbour side of the roundabout.
* Installation of a short-term lane closure on the Chapel St slip lane into Marsh St for sealing work to be undertaken. Traffic will still be able to turn into Marsh St.
* Installation of a short-term lane closure on Marsh St, this is to allow for sealing to be undertaken on the median island. One lane will be available at all times.
* Installation of a short-term lane closure on Marsh St for footpath construction. One lane will be available at all times.

Long-term closures:
* Long term closure of the temporary ramp from the new Harbour Bridge to Dive Cr/Mirrielees Rd/Marsh St from Monday October 12th.
* Installation of long-term lane closures, east and westbound on Takitimu Dr. Speed restrictions are in place. Footpath diversions will also be installed so please follow the sign posted detour.
* Installation of a long-term lane diversion on Marsh St to Dive Cr. Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to travel along the sign posted route and use the new shared walkway/cycleway on the new Harbour Bridge.
* Continuation of a long-term footpath closure on Chapel St (old BP site side of Chapel St). Pedestrians will be diverted at the controlled intersections at Chapel St and Bay Central Shopping Centre.
* Long-term lane closures are in place along Hewletts Rd (city bound traffic only), which involves the reduction from 3 to 2 lanes from Totara St to Tasman Quay. Tasman Quay to Ballance Corner is reduced to one lane to allow for a traffic diversion at the old toll plaza site for construction of the new road.
* Pedestrian and cycle access from Totara St south onto Aerodrome Bridge is closed until December 2009. Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to use the new shared walkway/cycleway which runs from Tasman Quay intersection on Hewletts Rd over the new Harbour Bridge to Mirrielees Rd.

2. Tauranga City works this week:
Parton Road:  Work to reconstruct the road between Te Okuroa Drive and Papamoa Beach Road starts this week with installation of underground services.  Most of this work will be done off the road so there should be minimal disruption to traffic this week.  The project is expected to be completed by mid-March 2010, depending on weather.  
Cameron Road:  Routine maintenance and reconstruction work on Cameron Road between Pooles Road and Maleme Street is underway.  The recent bad weather has delayed some of the work.  There is a 30km speed restriction through the site so please expect delays, especially at peak times.  The project is expected to be completed early December, weather permitting.
Takitimu Drive:  Weather and technical issues have delayed work on Takitimu Drive.  A 30km speed limit is still in place so please expect delays, particularly at peak times.  Updated information will follow.
Spur Avenue:   Minor safety work to extend the flush median and install flexible ‘posts’ in the median strip on Maunganui Road at the base of the flyover will be done on Monday 12 October.  Once the work is completed, motorists will need to use the roundabout at the intersection of Golf and Maunganui Roads to access Spur Avenue.
Footpath Programme: The annual footpath construction programme has started.  About 4km of new footpaths will be built between now and Christmas in various parts of the city.  Works are currently underway on Oceanbeach Road.
Strand Carpark:  Reminder that from 1 October the Strand Northern Reclamation Carpark will be closed between 10:30pm and 6:00am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. This is part of Council's Strand Night Management Plan and is aimed at reducing crime and making the Strand a safer place.

3. Western Bay of Plenty District works this week:

State Highway Network: SH2/Jellicoe St, Te Puke  Seal overlay and road marking from Cameron Road to No 1 Rd approx. Lane closures and detours, night work where possible. Contra flow, delays expected.

SH29/Tuakopai Stream area rehabilitation work, minor delays possible.

SH36 - Mangorewa Gorge Closed 9am - 4pm week days, Rotorua District until approximately end of October 2009.

Local Road Network: Seal Widening - Whakamarama, Snodgrass, Wairoa and Wilson North Roads, Stop/Go control, minor delays possible.


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