Work restarts on Pyes Pa bypass

Following the winter site shutdown, work is underway again to complete the Pyes Pa bypass.

New Zealand Transport Agency state highway manager Rod James says while most of the work is off-road, construction of the roundabout on State Highway 36 near the cemetery could cause some disruption to traffic.

Earthworks on the Pyes Pa bypass are underway again after standing down over the winter months.

“Work on the new roundabout will begin early in the construction season, take a break for three weeks over Christmas, and is expected to be completed in late January 2011,” says Rod.
“We thank road users in advance for their patience during any delays caused by the works.”

The bypass, a partnership between the NZTA, Tauranga City Council and Grasshopper Developments, includes 4.2km of new road.
It connects the State Highway 29 roundabout near the tolled section of Takitimu Drive (Route K), to State Highway 36 (near the crematorium).
The bypass is expected to be opened mid 2011.

Remaining works include:

  •   •  Removing the remaining preload material and sealing the road surface on the middle section.

  •   •  Constructing the roundabouts at Kennedy’s and Pyes Pa Roads.

  •   •  Upgrading property entrances on Pyes Pa Road.

  •   •  Landscaping (ie grassing and planting) along the route.


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