Traffic clog clears in Bethlehem

The days of heavy traffic congestion on State Highway 2 in Bethlehem could be nearing an end now that both lanes heading toward Tauranga have opened.

Faster journey…the road heading into Bethlehem.

Motorists travelling on State Highway 2 toward Tauranga have experienced long delays in recent weeks as a result of the four lane upgrades in Bethlehem township.

Both Tauranga-bound lanes opened for the first time on Friday morning, dramatically cutting traffic build-up. The lanes will be opened during peak times each morning but then closed to allow work to continue in the median strip.

New Zealand Transport Agency spokesperson, Philippa Ross James, says travel time from Te Puna to the Moffat Road roundabout was 12 minutes during the peak hour morning rush.

The organisation was contacted by Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Ross Paterson who said many residents had phoned him to express their pleasure at the lack of congestion.

NZTA still has to finish minor work on the project, such as road sealing and landscaping.

The agency is also looking at bringing the project’s final completion date forward to mid-to-late November, says Philippa.


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