Bayfair flyover: Concrete beams lifted into place

Six beams will be installed across the fourth and final span of the Bayfair flyover, connecting the existing bridge deck with the abutment north of the Bayfair roundabout. Photos: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

The fourth and final set of beams for the new Bayfair flyover will be craned into place overnight on Friday, August 12, as part of the Bay Link project.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency infrastructure delivery regional manager Jo Wilton says there have been a lot of changes on the project in the past few months.

“We’re really starting to see the change in landscape and how the finished road will look.

“The project team are really excited to see this final set of beams go up, as it’s been an enormous undertaking, from the ground conditions to the re-design, and now to see it all coming together is a huge milestone for the team and the project.”

The set of six beams spans the walking and cycling underpass, connecting the pier where the existing bridge deck ends with the adjacent abutment north of the Bayfair roundabout (State Highway 2 / Maunganui Road).

People can expect overnight lane closures, a partial closure of the roundabout and signposted detours in the area while this work is underway. Lane closures and detours will be in place from 7pm on Friday, August 12, until 7am Saturday, August 13.

The concrete beams, locally manufactured in Te Puke, each 28m long and weighing up to 54 tonnes, will be lifted into place with the help of a 300-tonne crane positioned immediately north of the Bayfair roundabout.

While this significant piece of work involves extensive planning and staging, only minimal delays are expected as it will all be undertaken at night.

Following placement of the beams, reinforcing steel will be tied on top of the new bridge span before the concrete deck for this span is poured.

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 lanes either side of the flyover for local traffic.

Separating state highway from local traffic will create a safer environment for everyone.

The new flyover, which will take SH2 traffic over the Bayfair roundabout, is expected to open in autumn 2023.

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

There will be lane closures on all approaches to the Bayfair roundabout.

Closure

Detour

People travelling on SH2/Maunganui Road from Mount Maunganui will not be able to

  • proceed straight through the Bayfair roundabout
  • turn right at the Bayfair roundabout

A detour will be available via Girven Road, Maranui Road and Sandhurst Drive.

People travelling on Girven Road from Arataki will not be able to

  • proceed straight at the Bayfair roundabout
  • turn right at the Bayfair roundabout

A detour will be available via SH2, Te Maunga interchange and SH29A roundabout.

People travelling on SH2/Maunganui Road from Te Maunga will not be able to

  • turn right at the Bayfair roundabout

A detour will be available via the Golf Road roundabout and SH2 south.

People travelling on Matapihi Road from Matapihi will not be able to

  • proceed straight through the Bayfair roundabout
  • turn right at the Bayfair roundabout

A detour will be available via the Golf Road roundabout and SH2 south.

Changes for people walking and cycling

Traffic controllers will be positioned at each end of the underpass to temporarily halt people walking and cycling when beams are being installed overhead.

Although underpass usage is at its lowest overnight, people walking and cycling through the underpass between 7pm and 7am the next morning should expect delays on this route.

Despite the short delays, pedestrians and cyclists are reminded that the underpass remains the safest option to cross SH2 in this location.

Please expect delays and follow the directions provided on temporary traffic management signage. If this work is impacted by weather or other unforeseen issues, it will be carried out on the next available night.

Waka Kotahi thanks people driving, local residents and businesses for their patience.

For more information, visit nzta.govt.nz/baylinkdetour.

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2 Comments

Hey Clifton Guy

Posted on 06-08-2022 22:57 | By Johnney

Have you not learnt that Public Consultation always falls on deaf ears. The powers to be have already made up their minds before consultations. It’s all about following due process so that box can be ticked.

Consultation

Posted on 05-08-2022 19:55 | By CliftonGuy

It is just a pity that the public were not consulted and listened to from the outset. Admittedly, there were some unknown geological issues, but the overall impact would have been a lot less if we had been part of the conceptual design.

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