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Taupo & Turangi Weekender - 2021-10-14

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TE HEUHEU ST / TĪTĪRAUPENGA ST INTERSECTION The nasty weather didn’t stop the team working on the Tītīraupenga/te Heu Heu intersection, but COVID restrictions certainly have. With Northland, Auckland and parts of Waikato all at Alert Level 3 our supply chain has been interrupted. This means our team has had to extend the closure of this intersection until Saturday 16 October, despite pulling out all the stops to find a work-around. Thanks to the affected businesses and residents who have been working with us on this piece of the project, and thanks also to drivers for their patience - hang in there folks, these are trying times for us all but the team are determined to get this over the line and get things back to normal as soon as possible! TONGARIRO STREET We have a big few weeks ahead of us to try and knock out the majority of the works on Tongariro Street, between Spa Road and Tamamutu Street. Our goal is to get in and get out as quickly as we can. This means there will be a fair amount of disruption with road and lane closures as well as heavy machinery onsite. We will be working on everything from stormwater pipes, the connection to the Acacia Bay water supply as well as the kerbing and centre islands, much like the work that has been completed further down Tongariro Street. To allow this work to happen, there will be a southbound lane closure on Tongariro Street, from Spa Road through to Tamamutu Street for the next two weeks, weather permitting. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. TĪTĪRAUPENGA STREET / SPA ROAD From Monday 18 October, we are expecting work to begin on transforming this intersection and installing traffic lights here. This date is weather permitting. The first stage of this work will begin on the northern side of Spa Road and will involve no access for vehicles in to and out of Opepe Street. During this first stage, which is expected to take four and a half weeks, Spa Road will remain open to traffic but please expect delays and disruption while the work is underway. Once this is complete, the team will then move over to the southern side of Spa Road.

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