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Ngatea Street detour

State Highway 2 at Ngatea will be closed from Tuesday 14 January to 3pm Friday 24 January but the town is still very much open for business.

4:15pm, 9.1.2020 - Update: We have been advised that State Highway 2 through Ngatea town will be open all of Anniversary weekend from 3pm Friday 24 January. Full closure of the road may be required for a short time after the long weekend, depending on how well construction has progressed. We have also been advised that the proposed detour routes are HPMV and 50MAX approved.

11:55am, 9.1.2020 - Update: Residents living on State Highway 2 between Hauraki Road and Ngatea will have normal access to the highway, up to Piako Bridge, where the road closure starts. Residents with properties between Ngatea and Mangatarata will also have normal access to State Highway 2 into Ngatea. To pass through Ngatea in a vehicle, you will need to use the detour. (After the full road closure, traffic travelling from Bay of Plenty to Auckland, will be able to pass through the town using a one lane system in one direction only. Auckland to Bay of Plenty traffic will continue to be detoured via State Highway 25 and Hauraki Road).

Stage 1 - two week detour, road closed, Piako Bridge open to pedestrians

The road closure, which will extend from the Piako Bridge to immediately past Dent Street, marks the start of two separate projects to upgrade the town’s main street.

A detour, via State Highway 25 and Hauraki Road, will be in place during the initial two-week road closure. The full road closure may continue for a short period after Auckland Anniversary weekend, depending on construction progress. After that, motorists heading from Auckland to Bay of Plenty will continue to be detoured, while traffic going from Bay of Plenty to Auckland will travel through the town.

Joint project minimises disruption and cost to ratepayers

Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams says NZ Transport Agency is renewing the main highway and it’s important the Council upgrades the kerb and channel at the same time.

“We need to fit in alongside NZ Transport Agency timeframes to minimise disruption and the cost to our ratepayers. The two projects must be done in alignment,” he said.

Highway renewal - NZTA, Kerb and Channel renewal - HDC/Higgins

The bulk of the construction work, which includes the highway renewal and kerb and channel will take about 16 weeks, dependent on weather.

Expect delays

NZ Transport Agency says motorists can expect some delays. Please be patient and allow extra time for the detour. Ngatea can be accessed via Pipiroa Road, off State Highway 25 and from Mangatarata on State Highway 2.

Support local businesses

Mayor Adams says while there will undoubtedly be disruption, Ngatea is still very much open for business and visitors are very welcome to stop and enjoy the town’s boutique shopping and award winning cafes.

“NZ Transport Agency has assured us customers will have easy and safe access into all businesses while work is underway,” he said.

Slow down and enjoy the village

“Summer travelling is no picnic and Ngatea is the perfect spot to stop, stretch your legs, grab a bite to eat, get away from malls and chain stores, and check out its unique village-style shops.”

If you have any questions or concerns about the main street roadworks, please email ngatea@higgins.co.nz, the contractor managing the work. The email address goes live on Thursday 9 January 2020.

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