Takitimu delays till Christmas

The delays being experienced by motorists travelling along Takitimu Drive are expected to continue until Christmas, according to Tauranga transport managers.
Maintenance and strengthening work on a section of Takitimu Drive between the Waihi Road over bridge and the Elizabeth Street roundabout began on June 14. The project will cost $1.3 million.

The first stage of a three year upgrade of Takitimu Drive started on June 14, at a cost of $1.3 million, and the work is expected to continue until Christmas.

It was the start of a three-year maintenance programme for Takitimu drive, which is expected to cost four to five million over the next three years.
Tauranga City Council will continue upgrades along Takitimu Drive between now and Christmas, if funding can be secured from the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Takitimu Drive’s southbound lanes between the Waihi Road overbridge and the Elizabeth Street roundabout are closed until the middle of next week.
The two lanes on the estuary side of Takitimu Drive have been converted to north and south lanes.
Work on the two southbound lanes will be complete by the middle of next week but maintenance on the two northbound lanes on the estuary side of Takitimu Drive will then commence. Upgrades on these lanes are expected to be complete by the end of June.
Tauranga City Council transport operations manager Martin Parkes says the upgrade of Takitimu Drive is a substantial roading project.
“Takitimu Drive carries a high number of heavy commercial vehicles because of the road’s access to the port so it generally requires a lot more work compared to other roads in the city,” says Martin.
Martin says separate work will also be carried out along Takitimu Drive later this year by those working on the Harbour Link Project.


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