Three updates from Waka Kotahi - NZTA



28 August 2020

Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency Traffic Bulletins 


Eastern Corridor Stage One - Te Ngae Road upgrades 

Work on this site in the last week has included removing the kerb outside Puarenga Park, and  installation of the new watermain and shared services. The contractors have also removed the central median on the Sala Street leg of the intersection in preparation for construction of the slip lane.

The construction of the Carters retaining wall is underway. This work will take another month to complete.  The new retaining wall provides room for a wider path. The shared path and watermain construction outside Redwoods Park continues. 

Further east, the retaining wall work outside Neil Hunt Park continues with more service-related work continuing towards Iles Road. This work is ongoing and will start to head back towards Allen Mills Road shortly.

Works for week beginning Sun 30 August

  • State Highway 30, Sala Street – traffic on SH30 may experience delays as work continues at the intersection of Te Ngae Road and Sala Street. Contractors will be installing a watermain and completing construction of a shared service trench on the eastbound side of the road (outside Puarenga Park). Traffic may be down to one lane outside peak hours from Monday 24 August at 9am to Friday 28 August at 3pm.

    Contractors will also be completing traffic signal improvements at the intersection of Sala Street and Te Ngae Road, and continuing work on the new city-bound slip lane on Sala Street. As a result of this work Northbound traffic on Sala Street will be reduced to one lane at the Sala Street/Te Ngae Road intersection at all times.
  • State Highway 30, Repco – a shoulder closure will be in place on SH30 outside Repco at all times while retaining wall works are completed.
  • State Highway 30, Neil Hunt Park – a shoulder and footpath closure will be in place on SH30 outside Neil Hunt Park, Monday to Friday, between 7.30am and 5pm while retaining wall works are completed.
  • State Highway 30, Redwoods – minor delays are expected between 7.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, while watermain installation and shared path preparation and construction works take place outside the Redwoods Park area (between the Redwoods Centre and Puarenga Stream).
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills – The intersection of Allen Mills Road and Te Ngae Road will be closed from 7am on Saturday 5 September until 7pm on Tuesday 8 September, as contractors complete multiple service-related works across the intersection. All businesses on Allen Mills Road will remain opening during this time, and access to Allen Mills Road will be available via Vaughan Road. Toyota can also still be accessed from their entrance on Te Ngae Road.
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills - Iles – a shoulder and footpath closure will be in place on SH30 between Allen Mills Road and Iles Road, Monday to Friday, between 7:30am and 5pm while service-related work is completed.

Delays are expected as a result of these works and may be significant at times. Where possible, the most disruptive work will be done at night to reduce the impact on motorists, while other work will require traffic management during the day.

Waka Kotahi reminds motorists to plan for delays, allow extra time for their journeys and take extra care when travelling through work sites to ensure the safety of themselves, other road users and road workers.


Work to start on safety improvements for route into Rotorua

Construction of key safety improvements on Rotorua’s main gateway for traffic from Hamilton and Tauranga will get underway from Monday.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Director Regional Relationships Steve Mutton says the State Highway 5 Tarukenga to Ngongotahā safety and State Highway 5/36 roundabout improvements project will make this busy stretch of state highway safer, with roundabout improvements to accommodate more traffic.

“It’s fantastic to be getting underway with work that will significantly improve the safety of this important, high-use route and busy intersection.”

Construction will begin on a 2.4km section of the state highway between Dalbeth and Dansey Roads.

This project is part of the regional package of the NZ Upgrade Programme announced earlier this year.

“The regional package isn’t just about delivering key infrastructure projects, it’s about keeping everyone moving, boosting productivity and saving lives,” Mr Mutton said.

$14 million is being contributed from the regional package to improve safety along SH5 and reduce congestion at the SH5/SH36 roundabout. This is in addition to the $1 million provided by Waka Kotahi through its Safe Network Programme for the design of the safety improvements. 

Between 2015 – 2019 there were two deaths, four serious injuries and 23 minor injuries resulting from crashes on this stretch of road. Most were caused by vehicles running off the road or by head-on collisions.  There has also been one fatality on this section of road this year.

“We all have a responsibility to make good choices on the roads, but we all make mistakes. That’s why we’re working to improve the safety of our roads and roadsides,” says Mr Mutton.

The safety improvements project covers 8.1km of state highway, starting in the west near Tarukenga and ending at the SH5/SH36 roundabout. Improvements include widening SH5 to allow for a new wide centreline, sections of median barrier, roadside barriers, laying rumble strips and shortening the existing passing lane so vehicles can merge safely. 

The SH5/SH36 roundabout has been the site of one serious crash and six minor crashes between 2015-2019.

The roundabout upgrade will address community concerns about congestion and provide for a safer and more efficient intersection. Construction will include an additional lane around the roundabout, as well as on all approaches to, and exits from, the roundabout. This work is due to get underway later this year.

The project is expected to take 12 months to complete.

Traffic impacts – what’s happening and when?

The first 2.4km section of this project is being completed by the local maintenance contractor, Higgins, who is also reconstructing parts of SH5 between Dalbeth Road and Dansey Road.

The job has been split into three 800m sections and will be completed one section at a time. The first section to get underway is at the Rotorua end, near Dansey Road.

People can expect to see activity on site on from Monday 31 August, as the contractor sets up the site in preparation for construction to start Tuesday. This work is expected to be finished mid-December.

A temporary speed limit and warning signs will be in place during construction, with Stop/Go traffic management in place at times. Motorists may experience minor delays, and Waka Kotahi thanks everyone for their patience.

While work is underway, the rest area will be closed to the general public.

For more information or to sign up to receive project updates, visit


Last days to have your say on Rotorua SH30/Te Ngae Road improvements

The Rotorua community is being encouraged to have their say on proposed improvements to a section of State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road before public engagement closes next week.


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking public feedback on the proposed upgrade between Iles Road and Rotorua Airport before 5pm on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Waka Kotahi Portfolio Manager Kathryn King says significant development is planned for east Rotorua and the effects of that growth on the transport network need to be carefully planned for.

“We have been working closely with Rotorua Lakes Council, iwi and other key stakeholders to help prepare for, and support, this growth – particularly at Wharenui Road.

Ms King says the project, once finalised, will be constructed in phases as development occurs.

“The first phase of work will focus on supporting development at Wharenui Road. The remaining improvements would then be added on as needed in the future.”

“We are seeking the community’s feedback to help us understand if we have missed anything important before the proposed improvements are finalised.”

The Eastern Corridor Stage Two project aims to determine how this corridor can be made safer and more efficient, while accommodating future growth and providing people with better travel choices.

The project includes upgrades to key intersections at Basley Road, Owhata Road, Brent Road, Wharenui Road and Rotorua Airport.

It also includes a three-metre-wide shared path and separated cycle lane, new pedestrian crossings and bus stops, and four-laning.

Waka Kotahi will continue to work with project partners and key stakeholders to finalise the design once engagement ends.

The Eastern Corridor Stage Two project is part of the wider Connect Rotorua programme focussed on futureproofing SH30 and SH30A, in partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council. Stage One is currently under construction between Sala Street and Iles Road.

People can view the proposed improvements and give feedback online at or call 07 927 6009 to have a hard copy feedback form sent to them.

Page reviewed: 28 Aug 2020 8:30am