State Highway work coming up this week



21 March 2021

SH30 Rotorua works for week beginning Sun 21 March

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 21 March

  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge Underpass – The underpass remains closed to the public and alternative access across SH30/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.
  • State Highway 30, Puarenga Bridge - Work at the median on the Puarenga Bridge continues as the team prepare and construct the new, narrower median. A slight lane shift for westbound and eastbound traffic remains in place. Any lane closures required for off-loading materials or pouring concrete will be done during off-peak hours when delays are expected to be minor.
  • State Highway 30, Sala Street to Vaughan Road – Shoulder and/or lane closures will be in place throughout the week as construction of the shared path and upgrading of services continue along the northern side of SH30/Te Ngae Road. Any lane closures will be outside of peak hours. 

    Due to the number of hazards along this section, the shared path on the northern side has been closed to ensure public safety. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use the signalised crossings at either Iles Road or Sala Street and use the shared path on the southern side, crossing back at Tarawera Road at the temporary pedestrian crossing.
  • State Highway 30, Vaughan Road – Access into Vaughan Road from SH30/Te Ngae Road is closed until mid-April 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 roundabout. Access out of Vaughan Road will remain open.
  • State Highway 30, Tarawera Roundabout – Contractors continue working outside the Good Eastern Taphouse. The temporary lane shift for traffic entering Tarawera Road is in place until mid-April. 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 and shared path 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.

Rotorua District road works for the week beginning 22 March

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

The following 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.

  • State Highway 5 – Springfield and Reporoa
  • State Highway 33 – Ōkere Falls and Mourea
  • State Highway 36 – Mangorewa Gorge to 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:

  • SH30 Horohoro and Ātiamuri
    Various road reconstruction works between the SH1/SH30 intersection and Nicholson Road continue, with completion due before the end of March, weather permitting. Works taking place between 6am and 6pm. During the construction period, the road will be one lane with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place and a Stop/Go operation.

    Shoulder widening works also continue on SH30 between Bryce Road and the SH5/SH30 intersection. The road is operating under Stop/Go traffic management with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place.
  • SH5 Tarukenga, between Dalbeth Road and Dansey Road
    Road reconstruction work with completion expected at the end of March 2021, with chipsealing works taking place on Saturday 20 March. Stop/Go traffic control is in place with a 30km/hr temporary speed restriction.

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

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website ( 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: 21 Mar 2021 10:00am