Traffic lane switch planned for SH2

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A significant traffic switch north of the Bayfair roundabout is scheduled to take place overnight this Sunday, November 7, on the Bay Link project.

The change in road layout will see the two northbound lanes of State Highway 2 (heading towards Mount Maunganui) move outwards, closer to Golf 360, and the two southbound lanes (heading towards Papamoa) move outwards, closer to the Bayfair Shopping Centre.

The purpose of this traffic switch is to enable the creation of a work zone in the middle of SH2 so construction can progress on the underpass’ central section (a 60-metre open-air trench), two bridge piers for the Bayfair flyover, and the flyover’s northern approach ramp.

"The traffic switch was initially scheduled to take place overnight on Tuesday, November 9," says a Waka Kotahi Transport spokesperson.

"This date has been brought forward due to the impact of anticipated wet weather conditions on preparatory works for the switch, such as line-marking.

"In preparation for the traffic switch, a series of night works have been underway since October 31.

"After the traffic switch, further night works will take place to complete the required follow-up work. These works are scheduled to continue until Thursday, November 11, and will take place from about 7pm until 5am the following morning (finishing Friday morning)."

Waka Kotahi says lane closures will be necessary during night works.

The roading agency says the traffic switch is not expected to impact the existing pedestrian and cycling route throughout the site.

"People are encouraged to take extra care driving through the Bay Link site while road users adjust to the new layout.

"Motorists should reduce speed and follow the directions provided by traffic management staff and signs.

"A 30km/h temporary speed limit is in place around the Bayfair roundabout for the duration of the Bay Link project to protect road workers and ensure the safety of everyone travelling through the roundabout.

"Waka Kotahi would like to acknowledge Bayfair Shopping Centre and Golf 360, and thank local businesses, residents and motorists for their patience while this work is carried out."

In the event of unsuitable weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.

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