25 March 2021
Traffic controls to ease congestion through Ngongotahā roundabout
Manual traffic controllers will be on site during peak hours at the State Highway 5 / State Highway 36 Ngongotahā roundabout to improve traffic flow and help ease recent travel delays in the area.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Acting Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery Jo Wilton says motorists have experienced considerable delays as part of the State Highway 5 Tarukenga to Ngongotahā safety and SH5/SH36 roundabout improvements project.
“Last Thursday, we made one of our first changes to the road layout and reduced the speed through the work site to 30km/h. While some delays were expected as people adjusted to the new layout, these have been greater than expected, particularly during peak times.”
Motorists are experiencing delays between 7.30am and 8:30am and again between 4.30pm and 5.30pm Monday to Thursday. On Friday afternoons traffic is building earlier from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
“We understand people’s frustrations and have since trialled manual traffic controls during peak hours, which has seen a positive impact on traffic flow.
“Our team will continue to actively monitor and respond to traffic queues on site, and we encourage people plan ahead and travel outside of peak where possible,” says Ms Wilton.
The SH5/SH36 free flow (slip) lane remains closed to westbound (Tirau/Hamilton) traffic leaving Rotorua. All westbound traffic is using the existing roundabout for this turn. The slip lane will remain closed until the detour via Western Road is put in place.
The road layout change and manual traffic controls are expected to be in place for up to three weeks.
“Please take extra care, reduce your speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signage,” Ms Wilton says.
Once the project is complete, this busy stretch of state highway will be safer and the roundabout improvements will accommodate more traffic.
Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience during this time.
For more information about this project visit www.nzta.govt.nz/t2n
Rotorua road works beginning week of 22 March
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises resurfacing works will take place this week in multiple locations on State Highway 5 Old Taupo Road in Mangakakahi/Fairy Springs.
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.
Lane shifts will be in place, with a lane open in each direction at all times. A 30km/h temporary speed limit will apply during the below works, which will take place overnight between 7pm and 6am:
Monday 22 March and Tuesday 23 March
- SH5 Old Taupo Road, southbound between Sunset Road and Depot Street
Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 March
- SH5 Old Taupo Road, northbound between Clayton Road and View Road (Koutu Corner)
- SH5 Old Taupo Road, southbound between Gilltrap Street and Depot Street
- SH5 Old Taupo Road, northbound between Shirley Street and Sunset Road.
Friday 26 March
- SH5 Old Taupo Road, northbound between View Road and Clayton Road
These works are in addition to those communicated last week in our Rotorua District / Eastern Bay of Plenty road works for the week beginning 22 March traffic bulletin.
In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. 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.