SH5/SH36 Ngongotahā roundabout and SH5 safety improvements
Works to improve road and roadside safety on SH5 between Tarukenga and Ngongotahā and reduce congestion at the SH5/SH36 roundabout are progressing well.
At the roundabout
Works are well underway at the roundabout and we remain on track for roundabout completion in August, subject to weather conditions. All stormwater and water main services have been relocated. The base layers of the road around the roundabout have been formed and the membrane seal is complete. We have started to lay the first layers of asphalt, kerb installation is scheduled for next week followed by the second layer of asphalt.
Once the second layer is finished, we will divert the Ngongotahā to Rotorua traffic through the roundabout and start working on the bypass lane from Ngongotahā to Rotorua. This will include excavating the bypass lane and constructing new kerbs and islands. This work is expected to be completed by mid to late-August, weather dependent.
Speeding at the Ngongotahā roundabout
With speeding continuing to be an issue we’re implementing traffic calming measures, including speed humps on the lane from Ngongotahā to Rotorua.
Western Road detour
The Western Road detour will continue to be in place until end of August due to delays caused by bad weather, including heavy rain and low temperatures. While this is not uncommon for this time of year, there has been a lot more rain in a short period of time. We’d like to acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause and thank everyone for their patience.
While the detour is in place, the extended 30km/h speed limit on Western Road will remain. We also made minor adjustments to the SH5 temporary roundabout following feedback from the public. The changes aim to improve visibility, slow down approaching traffic and improve safe navigation through the roundabout. We will continue to monitor traffic and may do further adjustments.