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Road closures - 19 January 2023

Event Management

Mount Festival of Multisport

Saturday, 21 January

Record numbers of athletes are expected to take part in the iconic Mount Festival of Multisport this weekend.

To allow for the event to take place, the following closures will be in place:

  • The Mall (up to Prince Avenue), Adams Avenue, Marine Parade (up to Oceanbeach Road) and Pilot Bay Boat Ramp: closed Saturday, 21 January, from 4.30am until 5pm
  • Oceanbeach Road, Yale Street, Maranui Street, Pāpāmoa Beach Road (up to Parton Road): closed Saturday, 21 January, from 4.30am until 1pm
  • Salisbury Avenue (up to Victoria Road), Salisbury Wharf Carpark and The Mall (from Prince Avenue to Salisbury Avenue): closed from Friday, 20 January, 6am until Saturday, 21 January, 9pm
  • Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (TEL) eastbound lanes between Domain Road and Paengaroa: closed for the cycle leg of the event on Saturday, 21 January, from 5.30am until 1pm. Eastbound traffic will be diverted via Te Puke Highway during this time. Westbound lanes will remain open under usual operation.

We recommend that you plan ahead and use alternative routes where possible. If you need to travel through these areas, please drive carefully and expect delays of up to 30 minutes. Recommended viewing of the event is along Marine Parade and Oceanbeach Road, Mount Maunganui.

Road Closure - Mount Festival

One Love Festival

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January

Road closures will be in place in Tauranga CBD to support event operations and safe pedestrian access to and from next weekend's event. 
The following roads will be closed from Friday 27 January, 11:59pm to Monday, 30 January, 6am:

  • Cameron Road from Brown Street to Wharf Street
  • Durham Street from Wharf Street to Harington Street
  • Hamilton Street from Willow Street to the end of Hamilton Street West
  • Harington Street from Willow Street to Cameron Road
  • Park Street from Cameron Road to Willow Street
  • Park Street from Willow Street to Cliff Road
  • Cliff Road from Brown Street to Monmouth Street
  • Monmouth Street from Cameron Road to Willow Street
  • Monmouth Street from Willow Street to Cliff Road
  • McLean Street from Cameron Road to Willow Street
  • Brown Street from Willow Street to Cliff Road
  • Mission Street from Chapel Street to Cliff Road

Resident access will be maintained throughout the event. Please expect increased foot traffic in the city centre over the weekend.
For more information visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/onelove.

One love festival

Pāpāmoa East Interchange

Construction of a new interchange over the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) will see Pāpāmoa East connected to the motorway and enable further development of the area.

Earthworks will continue over the next few months to build the necessary height on the Bell Road side of the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (TEL TR).

To allow this work and for everyone's safety, traffic management remains in place until April 2023. Both eastbound lanes are open and one of the westbound lanes remains closed with a speed limit for traffic headed towards Tauranga set to 70km/h.

Construction on the Rangiuru Business Park Interchange project (Quayside Properties Ltd) has commenced just beyond the electronic toll gates. Temporary barriers have been installed on both sides of the TELTR and will be in place for approximately nine months, with one lane available in either direction. A temporary speed limit of 70km/h will apply through the site. This work is unrelated, but as traffic will be impacted in the coming months, it provides another reason to take extra care driving through the area.

We appreciate drivers' patience with these works and urge people to keep to the signposted speed limits for everyone’s safety.

There may be minor traffic delays due to these works. As this does not materially impact travel times, tolls will continue to apply.

For more information about the Pāpāmoa East Interchange and construction, visit Pāpāmoa East Interchange.

Car park closures

Dive Crescent car park temporary closure

As part of plans to transform the waterfront in Tauranga’s city centre, the Dive Crescent off-street car park is temporarily closed until Saturday, 1 April, while the upgrade of the parking and amenity in the area takes place.
During this time, the nearby parking on Cliff Road and The Strand will remain open and available for use.

Devonport Road off-street car park permanent closure

The Devonport Road off-street car park (accessed from the top/eastern end of Elizabeth Street) is now permanently closed for redevelopment of the site.

The site will ultimately see New Zealand’s largest mass timber office building constructed, and once built, the premises will be home to all of Tauranga City Council’s administration staff.

For a list of other city centre parking options, please visit where to park.

Links Avenue has partially reopened

Just prior to Christmas, Links Avenue partially reopened with an enforceable speed limit of 30km per hour and a time restricted bus lane.  
The partial reopening allows access to and from Concord Avenue, seven days a week during all hours except between 7am-10am and 2pm-6pm.

The partial reopening also includes the installation of:  
•    temporary speed tables until pedestrian crossings can be installed 
•    new improved signage and road markings.
A period of monitoring and data collection will take place for several months to see how this part of Phase One is tracking. The result of the monitoring will help inform the next phases of the Panel’s proposal, and the Panel and Council will continue to work together on next steps.

We would like to thank the Links Avenue Community Panel for their hard work and for developing a phased approach to getting Links Avenue safely open – not just for cars but also for pedestrians, people on bikes, scooters and in mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

To view the panel’s three-phase proposal: www.ourlinksavenue.co.nz

Cameron Road

Temporary traffic management has been reinstated in all three work zones along Cameron Road following the holiday break. Please take care driving through the construction zones and be kind to the Cameron Road Joint Venture team as they go about their work. If you need help, they are happy to assist you to find your way through the site.

The stormwater network and footpath upgrade between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, on the eastern side of Cameron Road is underway. Temporary traffic management is in place with a southbound left lane closure from First Avenue to Fourth Avenue, which will extend to Arundel Street in the coming weeks.

The stormwater and footpath upgrade work on the western side of Cameron Road, from Third Avenue to First Avenue, is also underway and will extend to Elizabeth Street next week. Temporary traffic management is in place, with a northbound left lane closure in this section.

The wastewater upgrade is now complete between Third Avenue and Sixth Avenue. The wastewater connections upgrade across Cameron Road from Fifth Avenue, Arundel Street and Fourth Avenue, will be completed in the coming months as weekend work.

Work on the western side of Cameron Road, from Thirteenth Avenue to Ninth Avenue, is underway. Temporary traffic management will see traffic reduced to one lane as the team completes the stormwater and streetscape upgrade through this section.

The stormwater upgrade across the Twelfth Avenue intersection (west) is underway. Temporary traffic management is in place at the intersection with no entry to Twelfth Avenue (west) from Cameron Road. The exit from Twelfth Avenue (west) will be open throughout the day and closed 6pm to 6am for night works. We expect this work to take one week (weather dependent).

The team is working across the Thirteenth Avenue and Cameron Road intersection, upgrading the traffic lights. This work requires a full closure of the Thirteenth Avenue and Cameron Road (east) intersection (Tauranga Boys’ College corner). From Monday, 23 January, the western side of this intersection will also be closed for one week (weather dependent).

Work to complete the new mid-block signalised crossing outside Tauranga Boys' College (near the Fourteenth Avenue intersection) is underway. Temporary traffic management is in place, with a northbound right lane closure.

The Fifteenth Avenue and Cameron Road intersection upgrade is underway. Temporary traffic management is in place, with lane closures at the corners of the two northern corners. The signalised intersection will be maintained during these works.

Work on the stormwater and streetscape upgrade between Fifteenth Avenue and Sixteenth Avenue on the eastern side of Cameron Road will also resume in the coming weeks. Temporary traffic management will be in place, with a southbound left lane closure.

Intersection work: 

  • Third Avenue intersection (east): will be closed from Tuesday, 24 January for four days, to complete the drill shot for the ducting for new traffic lights at the intersection.
  • Fourth Avenue intersection (east): from Monday, 23 January, the northern corner of the Fourth Avenue intersection (east) will be closed, to replace the wastewater pipe.
  • Twelfth Avenue intersection (west): there is no entry to Twelfth Avenue (west) from Cameron Road. The exit from Twelfth Avenue (west) will be open throughout the day and closed 6pm to 6am for night works.
  • Twelfth Avenue: the centre median is permanently closed to through traffic.
  • Thirteenth Avenue/ Cameron Road (west): from Monday, 16 January, the eastern side of this intersection will be closed for two weeks.
  • Fifteenth Avenue intersection: temporary traffic management is in place including lane closures and changes to the road layout.

Please note, above works are weather dependent.

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.

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

Seismic strengthening at Spring Street parking building

Earthquake strengthening works on the Spring Street parking building resumed last week following the Christmas close.

While works progress, the building will remain operational with a reduced number of parks available. Alternative parking spaces are available at the nearby Elizabeth Street parking building.

Please take care when driving or walking around work sites where loud noises, shaking, dust and minor delays associated with the traffic management in place are expected. We recommend people keep their car windows up when in the parking building.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

For more information visit Seismic strengthening at our parking buildings.

Maunganui Road Safety Improvements

Speed on Maunganui Road has been a long-standing concern and includes the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. This safety improvement work is aimed at creating a calmer, more predictable environment, significantly improving safety for everyone who travels through the area.

The new road layout includes physical separation of lanes and three new roundabouts - measures that encourage drivers to lower their speed naturally - as well as improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, additional greenery, and upgrades to stormwater drainage. The majority of these changes were implemented last year, with some remaining work scheduled in the first half of this year. 

Work planned for 2023

As project delays were encountered last year, some work will continue at a number of locations on Maunganui Road over the next few months.

Golf Road to Tui Street

Work near Mount Maunganui College recommenced Tuesday, 10 January, with the aim to finish before the start of term one. Outstanding work in this section includes: 

  • Remaining kerbs, cycleways and a small traffic isle on the railway side of the road
  • A third median island near the Golf Road roundabout
  • Build connections between shared paths
  • Tidy up of outstanding details before resurfacing of the road completed.

To allow this work to occur safely, the hard shoulder here will be closed and when necessary, a (short) lane closure may occur.

Hinau Street to Sutherland Avenue

While most of the work here has been completed, some elements were postponed to reduce any impacts on local businesses during the busy summer season. Work scheduled for March/April includes:

  • The asphalt dome roundabout at the Hinau Street intersection
  • Kerbing on the inner ring at Matai Street and Sutherland Avenue roundabouts
  • Lighting on the median island between Matai and Hinau Streets, and removal of the old lights
  • Planting of trees and greenery
  • Miro Street kerbs and corner
  • Adding concrete to sections of the shared path where a temporary fill was used.

Tui Street to Hull Road

  • The team are currently drafting plans for this section of Maunganui Road. Local business owners and the local community will be contacted for input and feedback as the draft plans are developed in the coming months.

For more information visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/maunganui or email any questions you may have to MRsafetyimprovements@tauranga.govt.nz.

Totara Street Safety Upgrade

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

Minor works along Totara Street and Rata Street have recommenced this week

Signalised crossings

As part of these works to improve safety along Totara Street, signalised crossings have been installed at the slip lane intersection of State Highway 2/Hewletts Road and Totara Street, as well as at Waimarie Street, Triton Avenue, Hull Road, and Kawaka Street.

The signalised crossing lights at State Highway 2/Hewletts Road and Totara Street are now operational and people driving are urged to take a bit of extra care when travelling through the intersection. Due to the busy nature of this site, there may be some initial delays as people get used to the new light signals.

The remaining signalised crossings will become operational in the new year. Article information.

For more information visit Totara Street safety upgrade.

Traffic report

City centre

  • Fifteenth Avenue and Turret Road from Burrows Street: resurfacing works, to and including Turret Road Bridge, are now complete. The completion of minor remedial works has been delayed due to the weather.

Beyond the city centre

Windsor Road/ Princess Road pedestrian crossing upgrade:

Construction of a new raised crossing between Bellevue Superette and Otūmoetai College, at Windsor Road/Princess Road, started on Monday, 9 January. These works are expected to be completed in early February.

During this time, a single lane closure is required with stop/go signage in place. Temporary loss of carpark space outside businesses, and some noise due to the use of heavy machinery, is expected.

Several other improvements will be made around this intersection:

  • Traffic calming measures with a 25km/h speed on both sides of the raised crossing
  • New bike racks near the shops
  • Repositioning of existing seating near the shops
  • Additional road safety markings
  • Removal of metal barriers from the footpath that currently hinder mobility access.
  • One existing carpark will be removed to build the raised crossing and a motorcycle carpark.

Windermere Drive Reconstruction:

Roundabout and pedestrian crossing improvements, pavement reconstruction and resurfacing works on Windermere Drive, between the Toi Ohomai Institute entrance and Lagoon Place roundabouts, are underway. Programmed completion is expected in early February, weather permitting.

Castlewold Drive Wastewater Renewal:

The walking track from the Saint Andrews Drive playground to Belvedere Reserve remains closed while work to replace the wastewater pipe continues. Hours of work are Monday to Friday, between 7:30am and 4:30pm. Traffic management is in place to divert pedestrians to the alternative walking access and to indicate the construction site access. Works are expected to be completed by the end of January.

Kaitemako Road:

Preseal repair works from Ashton Way to just beyond Shady Lane will recommence in late January.

Mount Maunganui

  • Marine Parade:

    A raised pedestrian crossing is being installed at Te Ngaio Reserve, replacing the existing refuge crossing point.

    Works are scheduled to recommence the week of Monday, 23 January, and are expected to be completed early February (weather dependent). Street light upgrades and installation are programmed for completion mid-April.

    Traffic flows on Marine Parade are not expected to be significantly affected during these works. Traffic management in place, which will safely guide pedestrians and road users through the site, include reduced speeds and lane reductions. Varying levels of construction noise are expected during these works.


  • Opal Drive to Beachwater Drive: Construction of a wastewater pipeline continues in the Wairākei Reserve. The walkway behind Fashion Island remains closed. The track closure between Domain Road and Opal Drive has an alternative route available on the other side of the stream until works are completed. Access from Opal Drive to Te Akau Ki school will remain open for the duration of the works. Traffic management remains in place. The Domain Road to Opal Drive section has reopened, with the remainder now having a revised completion date of April 2023.

Watermain Upgrade

Watermain upgrades are taking place in the following areas.

City Centre

  • Dive Crescent: site temporarily reinstated and available for use. Works are yet to resume.

Gate Pa

  • Bongard Street, Wylie Street, Bush Street, Jones Street, Scott Street: works expected to be completed in February.

For more information check out our Weekly bulletin newsletter.

Posted: Jan 19, 2023,
Categories: General, Road closures,


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