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Road closures - 12 May 2022

Links Avenue cul-de-sac trial

The trial is now underway. Infringement of the bus lanes that create the cul-de-sac will result in a fine of $150.

What this means:

A temporary cul-de-sac has been established on Links Avenue, between Solway Place and Concord Avenue. The trial works in a very similar way to the last, but there are some differences. In summary:

In summary:

  • Thoroughfare is limited to emergency vehicles, buses, bikes, motorbikes, rubbish collection trucks, clearly marked taxis and delivery trucks
  • The bus lane has been removed
  • Reduced speed on Links Avenue to 30km
  • The road has been resealed and includes temporary road markings
  • The trial will run for at least four months to test the impact on the wider roading network and observe commuting behaviour over time.

For more information on the trial, visit Links Avenue cul-de-sac trial.

Central city bus interchange works

Construction works are underway in preparation for the move of the central city bus interchange in June 2022. The works will take about five weeks to complete.

There will be traffic management in place on both the footpaths and the road on Durham Street (between Spring and Wharf Streets), and Wharf Street (outside Baycourt) while kerbs are replaced, and a new raised pedestrian crossing is installed at the Durham Street and Wharf Street intersection.

The temporary interchange is expected to be in use for approximately 18 months while we investigate a permanent transport hub for the city.

Read more about the Central city bus interchange.

Cameron Road

There are a number of construction sites along Cameron Road. Please take care driving through construction zones and be kind to our construction team as they go about their work. If you need help, they are happy to assist people find their way through the site.

As the Cameron Road Joint Venture (CRJV) team work along the eastern side of Cameron Road constructing the shared path and two-way cycleway, a significant part of the works includes upgrading the stormwater system, which is happening below the surface. The team are also upgrading the wastewater network between Elizabeth Street and Sixth Avenue, which requires careful coordination and while it may appear there is not a lot of work happening above ground, the work is progressing below. We thank you for your patience and understanding while these essential upgrades are underway.
The Cameron Road Joint Venture team are now on the western side of Cameron Road, working between 219 Cameron Road (Kale Print) and Spring Street. Temporary traffic management is in place, including a northbound left lane closure between, with the Spring Street west intersection closed.

The wastewater upgrade continues between Third Avenue and Sixth Avenue, which sees lane closures on both the northbound and southbound lanes. During this period, northbound traffic will be diverted onto the other side of the road, with a single lane operating in each direction. There will also be a lane closure on Third Avenue, as the team progress with this section.

Work on the eastern side of Cameron Road between Ninth and Eleventh Avenue is progressing well, with the work between Sixth and Ninth Avenue, and Twelfth and Thirteenth Avenue complete for now. Vehicle traffic is reduced to one lane on the eastern side in the areas where work is taking place.

Twelfth Avenue intersection: the centre median at the Twelfth Avenue and Cameron Road intersection is permanently closed to through traffic.

Work on the western side of Cameron Road between Thirteenth and Fifteenth Avenue began in the last month. Unfortunately, the CRJV have encountered a design clash between the proposed stormwater and existing gas line, which needs to be resolved. Work in this section is unable to move ahead with the stormwater upgrade and streetscape works until this issue is fixed, which means work on the western side of Cameron between Thirteenth and Fifteenth Avenues will be put on hold until there is a solution. There will be further service investigations work during this period.

Visit Building our future. Cameron Road, Te Papa for more information.

If you’re coming into the city, make sure you check the current road closures on the Tauranga City Council website, so you can navigate easily through the city centre.

Elizabeth Street upgrade

We’re upgrading the streetscape in the area surrounding the Thirty Eight Elizabeth development (including Farmers). Works on Elizabeth Street, including creating a linear park outside Thirty Eight Elizabeth, and to upgrade Mareanui Lane (adjacent to the Elizabeth Street parking building) are being completed in stages as areas are made available.

  • The closure of Elizabeth Street between Grey Street and Devonport Road for road resurfacing started at 6pm on Wednesday, 11 May and the lane will reopen at 6am on Friday, 13 May.
  • Devonport Road footpath and carpark closure: the footpath outside Farmers on Devonport Road between Elizabeth Street and First Avenue, and the adjacent carparks will be closed for approximately one month from 4 May 2022 until early June 2022. The footpath and carpark closure is required for installation of the soffit to the Farmers store canopy on the Devonport Road side.
  • Elizabeth Street west-bound lane closure: there is an extended lane closure on the west-bound traffic lane (heading towards Takitimu Drive between Devonport Road and Grey Street roundabout). The traffic lane closure is required to enable the completion of the Thirty Eight Elizabeth development, followed by the completion of the streetscape works. Businesses, footpaths and accessways are accessible during the works.
  • Night-time crane lifts: crane lifts will occur periodically at the Thirty Eight Elizabeth building site, at night-times, over the coming months:
    • First Avenue: crane lifts will take place between 6pm to 6am the next day. Traffic management will be in place on First Avenue outside Farmers, and two-way traffic will be maintained. On-street parking will be unavailable at those times.
    • Devonport Road: these crane lifts will require the full closure of Devonport Road between First Avenue and Elizabeth Street, between 8pm and 6am the next day. Traffic management will be in place with pedestrian access restricted to the eastern side of the road.

Maunganui Road safety improvements

Golf Road and Tui Street

  • Safety improvement work to upgrade the existing footpath continues outside Mount Maunganui College between Golf Road and Tui Street.
  • Construction of the roundabout at Tui Street continues, which requires a closure for both access to Tui Street, as well as the southbound lane of Maunganui Road – heading towards Bayfair. The closure that starts at Dee Street will continue until late May.

Hinau Street and Sutherland Avenue

  • Work continues in this area. This is a continuation of the safety improvements happening along Maunganui Road. This includes improved cycling facilities and connections to existing cycleways, new roundabouts at Hinau Street, Matai Street and Sutherland Avenue, and improved pedestrian crossing points.

Sutherland Avenue

  • To make these improvements, access to and from Sutherland Avenue onto Maunganui Road will be closed until late May. See image below.

For more information visit Maunganui Road safety improvements.

Grenada Street road closure

To safely install part of the Te Maunga wastewater outfall upgrade we need to close a section of Grenada Street.

The road closure will be in place from Monday, 16 May for approximately two weeks, at the intersection of Hibiscus Avenue and Grenada Street.

Access will be maintained for the directly affected properties on Grenada Street. Traffic management will be established and signs will redirect drivers towards Maranui Street at this time.

Totara Street safety upgrade

We’re working on a safer option for people who travel along Totara Street.

Work between Hull Road and Kawaka Street continues, Monday to Friday between 6am and 4pm. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained with speed restrictions in place.

Work continues between Hewletts Road and Hull Road. Between 6pm and 7am, Monday to Thursday, traffic traveling south along Totara Street will be diverted along Maunganui Road until this section of work is complete (pictured below). Both lanes of traffic will remain open along Totara Street during the day.

There will be a lane closure on Triton Avenue between 6pm and 7am, Monday to Thursday. A detour with signage will be in place.

Works north of Kawaka Street crossing towards Rata Street continue under night works with a shoulder closure in place. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained.

For more information visit Totara Street safety upgrade.

Looking ahead:

Night works to construct the cycleway between Tasman Quay and Totara Street are scheduled to begin in late May 2022. Between 8.00pm and 5.00am traffic will be reduced to one lane. All lanes will remain open from 5.00am to 8.00pm.

Traffic report

City centre

  • Chapel Street bridge: maintenance works will start on Sunday, 15 May and will continue weekly, Sunday to Thursday, 7pm until 5am until mid-June (weather dependent). There will be single lane closures in both directions with temporary traffic signals in place. Motorists should expect delays during this time.
  • 2 Devonport Road: please take care when walking past the demolition site in this area. There will be footpath detours and some car park closures over the coming months.

Beyond the city centre

  • Turret Road reserve: the reserve and carpark will be closed from Monday, 16 May while contractors install stairs to improve access and public safety. There will be no access to the reserve with fencing and traffic management in place. Works are expected to be completed end of June, weather and sea condition dependent.

  • Opal Drive to Beachwater Drive, Pāpāmoa: construction of a wastewater pipeline is planned to start on Tuesday, 17 May in the Wairākei Reserve between Opal Drive and Beachwater Drive/Gravatt Road. Works will primarily be in the reserve areas, there will be a temporary track closure between Beachwater Drive/Gravatt Road and Opal Drive. Traffic management will be in place, works are scheduled for completion early November 2022.

For more information check out our Weekly bulletin.

Posted: May 12, 2022,
Categories: General, Road closures,

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