Posted by on 21/03/2014
The NZ Transport Agency is advising drivers to allow extra time for their journeys as bridge inspections are being carried out across the Bay of Plenty next week, with some delays expected on highway roads.
The inspections will be carried out on selected bridges on State Highway 2 (between Katikati and Tauranga), and State Highway 29 (between Tauranga and top of the Kaimais) from Saturday (22 March) until Monday (24 March).
The following bridges will be inspected with a lane closure in place:
SH29 Wairoa River (Ruahihi) Bridge (Saturday 22 March from midday)
SH29 Ngamuwahine Stream Bridge (Saturday 22 March from 1:30pm)
SH29 Tuakopai Stream Bridge (Saturday 22 March from 3:00pm)
SH2 Tauranga Harbour Bridge, city bound (Sunday 23 March from 7:00am).
SH2 Wairoa River Bridge (Sunday 23 March from 9:30am)
SH2 Te Puna Stream Bridge (Sunday 23 March from 11:30am)
SH2 Waipapa Stream Bridge (Sunday 23 March from 1:00pm)
SH2 Te Rereatukahia Stream Bridge (Monday 24 March from 9:00am)
SH2 Aongatete Stream Bridge (Monday 24 March from 10:30am)
SH2 Whatakao Stream Bridge (Monday 24 March from 12:30pm).
The Transport Agency says a temporary speed limit and a manual stop/go traffic management will be used to direct vehicles around the inspection area.
These inspections will be carried out from a truck with a mobile platform to allow workers to access areas under the bridges.
The inspections are carried out as part of the Transport Agencyâ€™s annual bridge inspection programme. The work will be take place between 7.00am and 6.00pm, as long as weather conditions are favourable.
The Transport Agency wants to thank drivers in advance for their patience while this important inspection work underway.