Temporary roundabouts are to be installed in Paeroa and Kopu for the busy summer season, in a new approach to reducing holiday traffic congestion.
The NZ Transport Agency is installing roundabouts this week in Paeroa at the intersections of State Highway 2 and State Highway 26, and in Kopu at the intersection of State Highway 26 and State Highway 25A.
The intention is to reduce traffic delays over the peak holiday season, says NZTA Transport System Manager Karen Boyt.
“The trial will be monitored during peak times and if the roundabouts do not improve the situation for road users they can be removed.”
Drivers are still advised to plan ahead, to avoid delays and stay safe.
“Planning ahead and knowing what is happening on the roads means you can consider taking another route, if possible, or factor in any disruptions so you arrive at your destination safely, and on time,” says Karen.
The Transport Agency is also urging drivers to take a little time to make sure they are well-rested and their vehicles are safe before starting their journeys.
“Plan in advance where you'll take breaks on your journey, and share the driving if possible. While on your journey, keep within the speed limit and drive to the conditions. With more roadwork crews on the roads over the coming months, drivers are also reminded to slow down through road works,” says Karen.
Travelers can get information on journey times, and possible delays on www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz