Works to repair an unstable section of embankment at Oponae, three kilometres east of Wairata Road in the Waioeka Gorge, will get underway from Monday April 6.
It is expected to be completed before the end of May.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty systems manager Rob Campbell says the embankment was damaged during heavy rain and has since been reduced to one lane under priority Give Way.
Upon completion of these retaining works, the corridor will be re-opened to two lanes.
“These essential works help ensure the road remains safe for all road users. Safely maintaining New Zealand’s state highway system is considered vital at this time in order to ensure critical functions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus can continue.
“Completing this work now will ensure this section of road is robust enough to remain open despite the high river levels that are normal in winter.”
Due to the complex nature of the repair and the confined working area, the westbound lane will need to be closed to keep construction staff and road users safe.
Temporary traffic management will be in place for the duration of the work, including a 30km/h temporary speed limit.
Stop/Go traffic management will be in place from 6am – 5pm and traffic lights in place overnight from 5pm – 6am, Monday to Friday. Some weekend work may be required.
Over dimension vehicles are able to pass through the worksite, however haulage companies with any significant loads are to liaise with the NZTA.
Rob asks people to be patient and respectful to roadworkers, and look out for their safety and wellbeing.