Construction of the new roundabout on State Highway 2 at Bethlehem west has begun. Clearing of trees within the road boundaries is underway. Work is expected to take about six months to complete. Traffic management and site screens will be in place but only minimal delays are expected in the early stages of construction. Motorists are advised to take care when driving through the work site.
This information from New Zealand Transport Agency weekly bulletin for the week beginning Monday, February 1, published below.
Tauranga City works this week:
Parton Road: Work is continuing on laying the new kerb and channel and footpaths. There will be unsealed sections and temporary speed restrictions will be in place. Installation of twin culverts across Parton Road at the Wairakei drainage reserve is underway. Traffic control will be in place and when required temporary one way system will be in operation.
Local Road Resealing: The local road resealing programme is underway and will continue until late March. Generally this work will involve minimal disruption to traffic.
Links Avenue: Work to remove existing speed humps is underway. The speed humps will be replaced with speed cushions. There will be traffic management in place so please take care when driving in the area and follow the temporary signs.
Andrew Place/Shelley Street: Work to install new storm water pipes is underway. Some minor disruption to traffic is possible.
Vale Street: Work to reshape Vale Street between Baden Street and Landscape Road to form an overland stormwater flow path during severe storms has started. This week the kerb and channel is being relayed in Vale Street between Baden Street and Hinewa Road. The whole project is likely to take eight months to complete and intermittent disruption to traffic is likely. Please take care when driving in the area.
Tri-action by Triumph Women's Triathlon Road Closures: Salisbury Avenue, The Mall, Adams Avenue, Marine Parade and Ocean Beach Road will be closed on 1st February from 6.00am until 12.00 noon for the Tri-action by Triumph Women's Triathlon. The affected roads will reopen progressively from about 9:00am as participants pass through each area. The last areas are expected to reopen around midday. Detours will be in place to provide access to the Salisbury Wharf area during the event.
Wharf /Willow Streets: Major road works are due to start on Wharf and Willow Streets later this month. The work will involve reconstructing and resurfacing the road and installing new kerb and channelling. Additional work includes upgrading the sewer, stormwater, water mains, and some parts of the footpath. While these road works are underway, the Hopper buses will operate from temporary bus stops on Durham Street. In preparation for this work starting temporary bus shelters have been put on Durham Street, near Baycourt. Details on bus stop changes will be available closer to when the work is due to start.
Speed Limit Changes: Amendments to the Speed Limit Bylaw 2009 means the following speed limit changes came into effect on 22 January.
Moffat Road: between Cambridge Road and Orange Lane the speed limit changed from 70km/h to 60 km/h
Maranui Street: between Sunrise Avenue and Papamoa Beach Road the speed limit changed to 60km/h
Papamoa Beach Road: between Maranui Street and a point just south of Kirkpatrick Place the speed limit changed to 60km/h except on the approach to Papamoa Domain roundabout where the speed limit remains at 50km/h.
With school starting this week please take care on the roads and watch for children walking and cycling to school.
Contact Meagan Holmes at Tauranga City Council for more information – 07 577 7000, mobile 021 241 4628.