The works are taking a vacation break but the traffic management on the construction sites remains
There may be traffic jams on the highways, but road works will take a vacation. Photo / NZTA
The construction sites of the Waka Kotahi NZ transport agency will close from December 23 to January 5 to leave the roads clear for traffic during the holidays, but there could still be temporary speed limits and road cones at some sites or there. where there has been a recent road resurfacing.
Waka Kotahi’s regional relations director David Speirs said Waka Kotahi and its contractors stop most work before busy holiday periods like Christmas and New Years to minimize disruption to people’s travel.
“Always take care when driving on road construction sites and obey temporary speed limits to ensure everyone stays safe on our roads,” Speirs said.
“Traffic management, like temporary speed limits, signs and cones, is used to alert road users of changing road conditions or upcoming roadworks, so watch out for signs and pay attention to the approach of Christmas and during the holiday period.
“There will be traffic jams and delays during the holidays, and we all need to factor that into our plans. Trying to ‘make up for lost time’ by speeding and passing dangerous puts everyone at risk.”
With the recent reopening of the Auckland regional border, the Christmas and New Years holiday season is expected to be a very busy time on the roads of Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
Sites where traffic management will remain in place during the holidays:
• Hamilton Section, Waikato Highway: Temporary speed limit of 50 km / h where the Hamilton section joins the existing SH1 at Tamahere. Also, speed restrictions and traffic on single lanes in both directions where section Hamilton joins section Ngaruawahia.
• State Highway 2 Maramarua passing lane closures: The passing lanes at Maramarua on SH2 will be closed for safety reasons on December 23-24 and 27-28 eastbound (towards Coromandel) and Tuesday January 4, Thursday 6, Friday 7 and Sunday 9 in westbound direction (towards Auckland). For more information Click here.
• SH2 Karangahake Gorges: The speed limit on SH2 through the Karangahake Gorge will be reduced from 80 km / h to 50 km / h between Crown Hill Road and School Road from Monday, December 20 until the end of January, when traffic during the holidays calms down.
• State Highway 39 Mangaotama Stream Bridge and State Highway 30 Kopaki Railway Bridge: New weight restrictions are in place. For more information Click here.
• State Highway 25 Pepe Stream Bridge: Traffic management in place to help manage traffic jams during peak holiday periods.
• State Highway 25 Boundary Creek Bridge: Reduced to one lane with a speed limit of 50 km / h to extend its useful life. For more information Click here.
• SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa: Temporary speed limits, shoulder closures, barriers and cones will be in place at various sites in the project corridor.
• SH2 Wainui Road to Ōpōtiki: Possible temporary speed limit of 70 km / h between the intersection SH2 / Wainui Road and Rankin Road.
• State Highway 30, Sala Street to Iles Road: Work on the SH30 Eastern Corridor – Stage One project is expected to be completed before the Christmas shutdown on December 23, which includes the removal of all traffic management.
• State Highway 5, Tarukenga to Ngongotahā: The SH5 / State Highway 36 Ngongotahā roundabout upgrade is expected to be completed before Christmas, while further safety improvement works will be completed on December 23. Traffic management will be minimal during the Christmas / New Year holidays.
• State Highway 33, junction from Te Ngae to Paengaroa: Temporary speed limit of 70 km / h on either side of the area known as Pareteiro – Sun Valley Curves.
Speirs thanks motorists for their patience when traveling over the Christmas and New Year holidays and wishes people a relaxing time with family and friends.