The Pekatahi Bridge on State Highway 2 in Eastern Bay of Plenty is to close for around five days as part of the re-decking project.
The permanent seal on the bridge deck is expected to be laid from Friday 23 February and will be finished by the evening of Monday 26 February 2018.
Work is also scheduled to occur on Saturday 3rd March 2018 to sweep and clear the site. This work is weather permitting.
The one-way bridge between Awakeri and Taneatua, has had its deteriorating timber deck replaced.
This sealing work is still part of the original project plan.
"During the closure all road users will be required to use the alternative route, State Highway 30 through Whakatane via Landing Road bridge," says the NZTA.
This is expected to add an additional 20 minutes to a journey, with longer times during peak periods.
"The Transport Agency would like to thank motorists and businesses for their continued patience while the work is underway, and reminds people passing through the Whakatane urban area to drive with extra care, especially around school children."
Access to Foster Road and Nuku Road will be from the Awakeri end of White Pine Bush Road.
Uzabus will provide a school bus to and from Taneatua School for families on Friday and Monday.
All current road closures are updated at http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ so people can check before they travel.
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