The NZ Transport Agency says they are focused on reducing delays to motorists as a major pavement rehabilitation begins on State Highway 29, west of Tauranga this month.
Stop/go traffic management, speed restrictions of 30km/h and lane closures will be in place on a stretch of SH29, near Soldier Road, to allow contractors to widen and rehabilitate a 1100m length of highway.
The work begins on Monday March 30 and is expected to take six weeks. For safety reasons the eastbound passing lane will be closed during the works.
The Transport Agency’s Bay of Plenty journey manager Nigel D’Ath says contractors will work outside peak traffic times, from 9am until 4pm each day, to reduce the impact on motorists.
“SH29 is a busy highway and a key freight route, so we are focused on doing everything we can to minimise the impact of this work.
“Our contractors will do everything they can to reduce delays however due to the scale of the work we ask that people plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling along this route.
“We hope the travelling public understand the importance of these works and we thank them for their patience.”
Mr D’Ath says it is critical that motorists slow down and keep to the speed limit through the work site.
“This type of work involves heavy machinery, loose metal, hot bitumen and a lot of workers, often on foot – that’s why speed restrictions are needed,” he says.
“Speeding through the sites can be dangerous for our road workers and other motorists, as well as causing damage to the work.”