Key info and safety reminder from Waka Kotahi



29 January 2021

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency updates

Te Ngae Road work schedule for week beginning Sunday 31 January

Work has restarted on the Eastern Corridor Stage One project and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises multiple worksites are active along Te Ngae Road between Sala and Iles Road.

The majority of work at the Sala Street intersection is now complete and motorists should notice less delays on the corridor. Minor delays are still expected, and motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

Work sites for the week starting Sunday 31 January:

  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Hamiora Place – shoulder and/or lane closures will be in place throughout the week as construction of the three-metre-wide shared path continues on the northern side of Te Ngae Road. Contractors will also be working in the flush median outside the new St John Ambulance Station, constructing a signalised area which will allow ambulances to turn right towards the CBD in an emergency.
  • State Highway 30, Vaughan Road – contractors will be working on the catchpit outside Agrowquip, on the slip road into Vaughan Road.  A shoulder closure will be in place.
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera roundabout – the temporary roundabout layout is in place and the 30km/h speed limit remains at all times.
  • State Highway 30, Marino Road – access from Marino Road into the Tarawera roundabout will be closed until mid-February while contractors complete road reconstruction outside Copeland Lawyers/GJ Gardner. Vehicles can still enter Marino Road from the roundabout during this time. Access out of Marino Road is via Vaughan Road.
  • State Highway 30, Neil Hunt Park – the shared path is open for use, however some sections are incomplete. Please take care when utilising this area.
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills to Iles Road – eastbound traffic between Allen Mills and Iles Road are currently using the flush median while contractors construct a second eastbound lane and footpath on this stretch of road. Road surfacing work will also be undertaken in the area this week.

State Highway 30 – Bryce Road to State Highway 5

Road shoulder widening and sealing works got underway this week (from 27 January) on State Highway 30 in Kapenga.

The work is taking place between Bryce Road and the intersection with State Highway 5.

The road will operate under Stop/Go traffic management during the day with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place. At night the site will be unattended with a 50km/h temporary speed limit in place.

Waka Kotahi reminds motorists to take extra care when travelling through the site, and asks them to please adhere to the temporary speed restrictions for their own safety, and that of our road workers and other road users. Motorists are advised to expect minor delays and to allow additional time for their journeys or consider an alternate route.

The works are expected to be complete by the end of March 2021, weather permitting.

Reminder to drive safe and plan ahead for the long weekend

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is encouraging motorists to drive safe and plan ahead to avoid the busiest times on state highways across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty this Auckland Anniversary weekend.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has updated its online Holiday Journeys traffic prediction tool to help people plan ahead and avoid delays. The tool shows predicted traffic flow based on previous years’ travel patterns.

Read the full update HERE

Tips for safe driving this long weekend:

  • Check your car is in good “health” before you head off. Check your tyre pressure and tread, windscreen wipers, indicators and lights.
  • Take extra care when travelling in holiday periods because of increased traffic volumes, congestion, tiredness and people driving in unfamiliar environments.
  • Drive to the conditions - whether it’s the weather, the road you’re on, the time of day or amount of traffic.
  • Avoid fatigue. Take regular breaks to stay alert.
  • Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely.
  • Be patient – overtaking is unlikely to make a significant difference to your journey time due to the amount of traffic expected over the weekend.
  • Allow plenty of time. Remember you are on holiday, so there’s no need to rush.

Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey this summer. Keep up to date with:

Page reviewed: 29 Jan 2021 2:00pm