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Mount Maunganui: Truman Lane makes way for next stage of Bay Link construction

Construction of the B2B project (Baypark to Bayfair) is progressing. Photo / Mead Norton

A temporary but significant change to Truman Lane traffic will be put in place next month to allow for the next stage of road reconstruction in the Bayfair area.

On the night of December 4, a short section of Truman Lane (westbound) will be reduced to one lane between Bay of Plenty House Removals and the State Highway 29A roundabout (outside Baypark Stadium).

This means access to Truman Lane from the SH29A roundabout and the eastbound lane to Bay of Plenty House Removals will be closed. The temporary lane closures are expected to be in place, as planned, until the fall of 2023.

Waka Kotahi regional infrastructure delivery manager Jo Wilton said crews have been rebuilding the east side of Truman Lane between the new SH29A roundabout and the old Baypark/Truman Lane roundabout since the partial opening from the SH2 / 29A Te Maunga interchange in July.

“With this area nearing completion, work will soon begin to rebuild the next section of Truman Lane which is on the Bay Link site.

“To protect our team and so they can rebuild the road safely, we are installing temporary barriers, lowering the speed limit to 30kph on a short section of Truman Lane and closing a lane to provide a safety zone. safe work.”

The changes will come into play next month.  Photo / Provided
The changes will come into play next month. Photo / Provided

Wilton said reducing the road to a single lane allowed work to be completed safely alongside live traffic and as efficiently and quickly as possible.

“It is important that we get this piece of the puzzle going as soon as possible. These works must be completed during the warmer months, as winter works are much more difficult, making road construction much more difficult and time consuming. »

Once the barriers are installed around the new work area and the switch is in place, crews will remove the old asphalt and excavate the soil to ensure that the new road is built on a solid foundation.

Depending on weather conditions and all going well, the lane closure should be in place until the fall of next year.

All Truman Lane businesses, including Baypark Stadium and Te Maunga Transfer Station, will remain accessible throughout the work via the Sandhurst Interchange and Mangatawa Link Rd.

Truman Way:

SH2/Mount Maunganui/Maunganui Rd/Bayfair – Truman Lane traffic will be accessible via Te Maunga Interchange, SH2/Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) and Sandhurst Interchange.

SH29A/Maungatapu – Truman Lane traffic will be accessible via Te Maunga Interchange, SH2/TEL and Sandhurst Interchange. Truman Lane will not be accessible from the SH29A roundabout.

SH29A from SH2/TEL:

People coming from the Sandhurst Interchange continue to use Truman Lane to access all businesses and connect with SH29A. Truman Lane (via Sandhurst Interchange and Mangatawa Link Rd) remains the detour route for road users traveling from Pāpāmoa/TEL to SH29A while the last off ramp approaching Te Maunga Interchange from Pāpāmoa is in construction.

The current speed limit of 50km/h will remain in place on Truman Lane, except on the westbound approach to roundabout SH29A where a temporary speed limit of 30km/h will apply. All road users approaching the SH29A roundabout from Truman Lane must yield at this intersection, including when continuing west on SH29A.

If the traffic change is delayed due to weather conditions or other unforeseen issues, it will be made on the next appropriate night.

“We ask road users to take care when adapting to the new road alignment and to respect the temporary speed limits, to share the road safely with trucks and oversized vehicles, and to be aware of vehicular movements entering and exiting Truman Lane businesses,” Wilton said.

“We will monitor traffic flows and adjust the timing of exchange signals to optimize traffic flows where delays are observed. But please allow extra time when traveling to this area, especially during peak periods.

Temporary access for pedestrians and cyclists will continue to be provided. People can cross SH2 via a new signposted crossing from Eversham Rd before connecting to Baypark / Truman Lane via a permanent footpath over the bridges and the existing temporary footpath along Truman Lane. The permanent walking and cycling link between Bayfair and Baypark will be available at the end of the project.