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Delays for motorists as Waioeka Gorge work at Otara starts

MINOR travel delays are expected for motorists going through the Waioeka Gorge on Monday.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says road repair works on State Highway 2 at Otara, approximately 8km south of Opotiki, will get under way from Monday.

The works are required to strengthen and rebuild this section of road, to ensure safety and resilience, and are best completed during the warm spring and summer months.

The road will operate under stop/go traffic management during the day with a 30kmh temporary speed limit in place during the day and a 50kmh temporary speed limit overnight. Motorists are advised to expect minor delays and allow additional time for their journeys or consider an alternate route.

The works are expected to be completed by the end of November, weather permitting.

Bay of Plenty Transport System manager Rob Campbell encouraged motorists to drive with care through the site and obey temporary speed limits to ensure the safety of road workers and other motorists.

“We want to see everyone get home safely.”