A better place to wait

Tauranga bus users will have a better time waiting at 18 of the city’s stops soon as shelters are to be built there in the next few months. The project is expected to last several months as the concrete based shelters are built. Most of the work will be done off the road so there should be minimal disruption to traffic.

This information provided by New Zealand transport Agency in their weekly bulletin for the week beginning November 16, published below.

Harbour Link Project

· Continuation of short-term traffic diversions on Takitimu Drive from the footbridge to the Elizabeth Street roundabout. One lane will be available at all times for traffic. During this diversion, traffic will be manoeuvred across the lanes, caution is required.

· A series of short-term lane closures will be installed on the intersection of Chapel Street and Marsh Street to pour median islands and install traffic light poles. One lane will be available at all times.

· Discrete lane diversions will be installed on Marsh Street for sealing and line marking. One lane will be available at all times.

· Lane diversions will be installed from Takitimu Drive footbridge to the Viaduct for asphalt to be laid. One lane will be available at all times.

· A short-term lane diversion will be installed on the Mirrielees Road eastbound off ramp for repairs to a cesspit. The lane will be open at all times.

· Installation of a short-term stop/go closure on the Marina Causeway for pavement testing. One lane will be available as directed by the Manual Traffic Controller.

Long-term closures:

· Installation of long-term lane closures, east and westbound on Takitimu Drive. Speed restrictions are in place. Footpath diversions are also installed from Waihi Road footbridge to West Street/Chapel Street, please follow the signposted detour. This footpath diversion will be in place for approximately four weeks.

· Installation of a long-term lane diversion on Marsh Street to Dive Crescent. Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to travel along the signposted route and use the new shared walkway/cycleway on the new harbour bridge.

· Continuation of a long-term footpath closure on Chapel Street (old BP site side of Chapel Street). Pedestrians will be diverted at the controlled intersections at Chapel Street and Bay Central Retail.

· Long-term lane closures are in place along Hewletts Road (city bound traffic only), which involves the reduction from three to two lanes from Totara Street 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 Street 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 Road over the new harbour bridge to Mirrielees Road.

2. Tauranga City works this week:

Parton Road:  Work to reconstruct the road between Te Okuroa Drive and Papamoa Beach Road is continuing.  A one way system is in place this week outside the council reserve area so please take care and watch for traffic control and temporary speed limits.    

Takitimu Drive:  Work on Takitimu Drive continues on the north bound lanes between the Waihi Road overbridge and Chapel Street.  Lane changes and a 30km/h speed limit are in place so please expect delays, particularly at peak times.

Cameron Road:  Routine maintenance and reconstruction work on Cameron Road between Pooles Road and Maleme Street continues. The main work area is now between Pooles Road and Oban Road. There is a 30km/h speed restriction through the site so please expect delays, especially at peak times.

Footpath Programme: The annual footpath construction programme is continuing. Work is now underway on Oceanview Road. About four kilometres of new footpaths will be built between now and Christmas in various parts of the city. 

Local Road Resealing:  The local road resealing programme is underway around the city. This week’s work is mainly minor and disruption to traffic should be limited.

3. Western Bay of Plenty District works this week:

State Highway Network: SH29/Tuakopai Stream Bridge area. Rehabilitation Work, minor delays possible.

SH36 - Mangorewa Gorge Upgrade, Rotorua District Project. Open 24 hours/day, single lane in places, minor delays expected.   

Local Road Network: Seal Extensions - Rowe and Crawford Roads. Stop/Go control, minor delays possible. Seal Widening - Minden, Whakamara, Wairoa and Wilson Road North Roads.


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