COMPLEX repairs to a stretch of road in the Waioeka Gorge begin on Monday and are expected to be ongoing to the end of May.

NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty systems manager Rob Campbell said the work was to repair an unstable section of embankment at Oponae, three kilometres east of Wairata Road.

“The embankment was damaged during heavy rain and has since been reduced to one lane under priority give way,” he said.

“On completion of the work, the road will be re-opened to two lanes.”

Due to the complex nature of the repair and the confined working area, the westbound lane would need to be closed to keep construction staff and road users safe, he said.

Temporary traffic management would be in place for the duration of the work, including a 30kmh speed limit.

Stop-go traffic management would be in place from 6am to 5pm and traffic lights would operate overnight from 5pm to 6am, Monday to Friday. Some weekend work might be required.

Over-sized vehicles are able to pass through the worksite but haulage companies with any significant loads need to liaise with the NZTA.

sven.carlsson@thebeacon.co.nz