Waka Kotahi updates - district-wide road works



15 March 2021

SH30 Rotorua works for this week

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises multiple worksites are active on State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road, between Sala Street and Iles Road, in Rotorua next week, as part of the Eastern Corridor Stage One project.

Delays are expected at times and motorists are advised to plan for these delays and allow extra time for their journeys.

Work sites for the week starting Sunday 14 March

  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge Underpass – The underpass remains closed to the public and alternative access across Te Ngae Road for pedestrians and cyclists is via the signalised pedestrian crossings at the Sala Street intersection. Detour signage and directions are in place. The underpass is being improved, with work expected to be complete in late April.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge - Work at the median on the Puarenga Bridge continues as the team prepare and construct a new, narrower median. A slight lane shift for westbound traffic is in place.
  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Hamiora Place – Shoulder and/or lane closures will be in place throughout the week as construction of the shared path continues along the northern side of Te Ngae Road. Some areas of pathway are yet to be laid and the surface may be loose and uneven. People are advised to follow the footpath detour signs. Any lane closures will be outside of peak hours.
  • State Highway 30, Vaughan Road – Contractors continue to work at the intersection, re-aligning the slip lane and median island. Access into Vaughan Road from SH30/Te Ngae Road will be closed from tomorrow (Tuesday 16 March) for up to three weeks to allow contractors to complete the re-alignment of the slip lane and median island at the intersection. Alternative access into Vaughan Road is via Marino Road at the Tarawera intersection. Access out of Vaughan Road will remain open. 
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera Roundabout – Contractors are working outside the Good Eastern Taphouse on both Te Ngae Road and Tarawera Road completing stormwater improvements and constructing new road layers. A temporary lane shift for traffic entering Tarawera Road is in place until Wednesday 17 March. Due to the tightened angle of this shift, longer vehicles and combination vehicles are advised to loop around the roundabout to get onto Tarawera Road from a more direct angle. Signage is in place to advise of the shift. 
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills to Iles Road – Contractors continue construction of the fourth lane between Allen Mills and Iles Road and Eastbound traffic continues to use the flush median during this time. This work is scheduled to be complete by mid-April.


State Highway 5 – Tarukenga to Ngongotahā

Work on the State Highway 5 – Tarukenga to Ngongotahā project has focussed predominantly on the northbound slip lane. The lane is closed to traffic travelling west towards Tirua/Hamilton and will remain closed until the new roundabout is constructed. All westbound traffic is using the existing roundabout for this turn.

Later next week motorists will see a change to the lanes and the road layout between Henderson road and the Ngongotahā roundabout. Signage will be in place to direct traffic.

Resurfacing and chip sealing works

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises resurfacing and chip sealing works will take place in multiple locations around Rotorua during the next two weeks.

A 30km/h temporary speed limit will apply during the below asphalt resurfacing works, which will take place at night between 7pm and 6am:

  • State Highway 30 Lynmore, between Tennyson Drive and Basley Road

Tuesday 16 March.

Stop/Go traffic management will be in place.

  • State Highway 5 Mangakakahi, between Shirley Street and Riri Street

Wednesday 17 March and Thursday 18 March.

Lane closures will be in place for both the northbound and southbound lanes. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.

The following chipseal sites will operate under Stop/Go traffic management with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place during the work, between the hours of 7am-6pm.

  • SH5 Ngongotahā
  • State Highway 33 Okere Falls and Mourea
  • State Highway 36 Kaharoa
  • SH30 near SH5/Bryce Road intersection

For a period of at least 24 hours after a site has been sealed, and before it is swept, it continues to operate under a reduced temporary speed limit while we allow vehicles to travel over the seal and help “bed in” the chip and to reduce the risk of chip damaging windscreens. Following this, the site is swept, excess chip is removed and the temporary speed limit remains in place until line marking has been reinstated (within 48 hours of the site being sealed, weather dependent).

It is important motorists adhere to the relevant temporary speed limits during these works to avoid damage to their vehicles and ensure their safety and that of other road users and road workers.

SH30 reconstruction works underway between Horohoro and Ātiamuri

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises road reconstruction work on State Highway 30 between Horohoro and Ātiamuri, started earlier this week.

The works began Monday 8 March on a section of state highway immediately west of Nicholson Road and will be completed by the end of March, weather permitting.

Work on the 290m section includes strengthening the road underneath the surface layer and resealing.

Hours of work will be 7am to 5pm with Stop/Go traffic management and a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place during the day. When unattended, the site will operate under a 50km/h temporary speed limit, with loose chip warnings.

It is important motorists adhere to the relevant temporary speed limits during these works to avoid damage to their vehicles and ensure their safety and that of other road users and road workers.

There are other road reconstruction and shoulder widening projects currently underway on SH30 near the SH30/SH5 intersection. Road users should expect additional delays if travelling this route.

These works are part of the Waka Kotahi spring/summer road maintenance programme, which will see repairs and reseals on state highways across the Bay of Plenty.

Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signage.

Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz) for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

Page reviewed: 15 Mar 2021 8:00am