Waka Kotahi project updates for week from Sun 25 April



SH30 Rotorua works for week beginning Sun 25 April

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 this week, as part of the Eastern Corridor Stage One project.

Of note this week is the scheduled closure of Marino Road intersection at the Tarawera roundabout from Tuesday 27 April for four weeks, weather dependant.

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 25 April

  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge Underpass – The underpass remains closed to the public until early May due to delays. The contractors continue work on the wall and underpass path.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge - Work at the Puarenga Bridge median island is now complete. Contractors are this week attaching the bridge median to the road median at either end. A slight lane shift for westbound and eastbound traffic remains in place as contractors work to widen the sections of footpath on either side of the Puarenga Bridge to connect with the new shared path. Lane closures may be in place during off peak times.
  • State Highway 30, east of Puarenga Bridge – Contractors are working in the median east of the Puarenga Bridge to open the median for an ambulance turning bay outside the new St John’s Ambulance depot. Concrete is being poured this week and lane closures may be in place during off peak times.
  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Vaughan Road – Construction of the shared path and upgrading of services continue along the northern side of SH30/Te Ngae Road. Shoulder and/or lane closures may occur as a result of this work. The shared path on the northern side remains closed for public safety.
  • State Highway 30, Vaughan Road – Contractors continue to work on the shared path and re-instatement of the median island at the intersection with SH30/Te Ngae Road. Motorists are reminded to be aware of workers on either side as they drive through the intersection.
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera Roundabout – The final temporary roundabout is now in place near the Redwood Centre. This will allow contractors to complete work on the remaining sections of road before the signalised intersection is installed.
  • State Highway 30, Marino Road – Marino Road will be closed at the intersection with SH30/Te Ngae Road from Tuesday 27 April for approximately four weeks, weather dependant. Access to all businesses on Marino Road will be available via Vaughan Road. The closure will allow contractors to install services and complete kerbing and surfacing.
  • State Highway 30, Allen Mills Road to Iles Road – Eastbound traffic has been shifted to the eastbound inside lane, reinstating the flush median for turning traffic. The new eastbound outside lane remains closed while contractors complete the shared path and garden works.

Temporary speed limits of 30km/h or 50km/h are in place at the above work sites, including when workers are off-site.

Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use the signalised crossings at either Sala Street or Iles Road, and the temporary pedestrian crossing at Tarawera Road.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.


Re-sealing works for week beginning Mon 26 April

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises road sealing works will take place in multiple locations around the Rotorua, Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki districts over the next week.

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

  • State Highway 2 – Edgecumbe and Awakeri
  • State Highway 30 – Rotomā
  • State Highway 30 – Ātiamuri
  • State Highway 35 – Omaio and Maraenui
  • State Highway 36 - Ngongotahā

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.

Other ongoing work:

  • SH5 Tarukenga, between Dalbeth Road and Dansey Road
    Road reconstruction work continues along this corridor, with chip sealing due to be completed by the end of April.

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.


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Page reviewed: 23 Apr 2021 1:00pm