Overnight lane closures around Bayfair

Twelve beams will be installed across two spans of the Bayfair flyover. Supplied photo.

Works at the Bayfair end of the Bay Link project are reaching another milestone with the installation of 12 beams across two spans of the Bayfair flyover during the second weekend of April. 

People can expect overnight lane closures, partial closures of the roundabout and signposted detours in the area while this work is underway.

Lane closures and detours will be in place from 7pm each evening until 7am the following morning on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, to progress construction of the Bayfair flyover. 

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Jo Wilton, says it’s exciting to see progress at the Bayfair end, with Girven Road back to it’s initial configuration and the flyover taking shape.

“The overnight lane closures will allow the crew to install the main structural element of the new SH2 flyover – 12 concrete beams, locally manufactured in Te Puke, each 28m long and weighing up to 54 tonnes.  

“The beams will be lifted into place with the help of a 300-tonne crane positioned at the Bayfair roundabout.

“While this significant piece of work involves extensive planning and staging, we’re expecting only minimal delays as it will all be undertaken at night.  

“All good things come in threes. Following construction of the two bridges spanning the East Coast Main Trunk railway line and SH2 at the Te Maunga interchange, it’s great to see the first beams of the flyover go up.” 

Following placement of the beams, construction will continue on the flyover’s remaining pier and the northern ramp of the flyover will emerge out of the ground. Beams for the third span of the four-span flyover are currently programmed to be installed in late 2022. 

Once the Bayfair flyover is complete, it will improve safety and accessibility and transform how people move through the area.

Similar to the Hewletts Road flyover, there will be a lane in each direction, separating heavy vehicles heading to the Port from local traffic.

In addition to the flyover lanes, there will be two ground level, grade-separated lanes either side of the flyover for local traffic.

The new flyover will take State Highway 2 traffic over the Bayfair roundabout, separating state highway from local traffic and creating a safer environment. It is expected to open in autumn 2023. 

For the beams to be installed, overnight lane closures, partial closures of the roundabout and signposted detours will be in place in the area, impacting people travelling through the Bayfair roundabout. 

Lane closures and detours will differ overnight on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April to allow the lifting of the beams in two different locations. On both nights, there will be lane closures on all approaches to the Bayfair roundabout to manage traffic flows. 

From 7pm Friday, April 8, to 7am Saturday, April 9: 

People travelling on SH2/Maunganui Road from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa will not be able to proceed straight through the Bayfair roundabout. A detour will be available via Girven Road, Maranui Road and Sandhurst Drive. 

People travelling on Girven Road to Mount Maunganui will not be able to turn right at the Bayfair roundabout. A detour will be available via Marlin Street, Taupo Ave, Farm Street, Concord Ave, Oceanbeach Road and Golf Road.  

People travelling on Girven Road to Papamoa will not be able to turn left at the Bayfair roundabout and a detour will be available via Gloucester Road, Eversham Road and Exeter Street. 

Detours will be signposted and in place – see map for details. 

From 7pm Saturday 9 April to 7am Sunday 10 April: 

A single lane of SH2 will be available in both directions around the Bayfair roundabout. People travelling from Matapihi to Girven Road and vice versa will not be able to proceed straight through the roundabout.

Detours will be signposted and in place – see map for details. 

If this work is impacted by weather or other unforeseen issues, it will be carried out on the next available weekend. 




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2 Comments

Good point

Posted on 03-04-2022 09:49 | By Kancho

If this was overseas it would probably have been within a year. We have struggled getting enough road workers or any workers for that matter with shut borders or equipment So workers are spread over lots of projects and move from job to job. Bit like house building is the same. It didn’t help that so called shovel ready projects didn’t happen and were deferred by government. So much of NZ has been and still is shutdown. So will be many years if ever to recover. Meanwhile price rises on everything. I see government closing Marsden Point is a problem too not only fuel but bitumen for the road may now be imported. Not sure how that fits with greenie carbon miles .

Go slow

Posted on 01-04-2022 12:37 | By Johnney

Can anyone explain why there are very few people working on this site. There appears to be no urgency in completing this project. Is there a time frame for completing and penalties for lateness. At this rate we are still 2-3 years to go.

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