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Upcoming Closures On SH2 Pekatahi Bridge

NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi advise, the Pekatahi bridge, located north of Tāneatua on State Highway 2, will close daily for maintenance from Monday 15th July to Thursday 18th July, with Friday 19 July a contingency.

NZTA say, this work has been programmed for the school holidays when traffic volumes are less and no school buses will be on the road.

The closures will take place between 8.30am and 4.30pm each day to allow contractors to repair and replace broken and loose decking planks.

"The routine maintenance of the Pekatahi bridge is a coordinated effort to get the best outcome possible for all involved," says NZTA System Manager Bay of Plenty, Sandra King.

“Due to the narrow width of the bridge a full closure is required to ensure this work can be carried out safely,”

A detour will be in place for all traffic; northbound using Tāneatua Road, Arawa Road, Hinemoa Street and onto SH30 towards Awakeri and southbound traffic will use the same route in reverse. This detour is expected to add up to 20 minutes to journey times and is suitable for all vehicles, including High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV).

“SH2 is an important route for many, and we make every effort to combine our maintenance activities on the Pekatahi bridge, to minimise the period of time the bridge has to be closed. A lot of planning work is involved in ensuring the right result, and we’d also like to acknowledge the assistance of Whakatāne District Council, who allow the detour route on their local roads," King says.

Image: NZTA.


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