After consultation with road safety experts, this weekend sees road layout changes for the Spa Road to Tongariro Street roundabout and Norman Smith to Wairakei Drive interchange.
The work for both sites is to be completed this weekend weather permitting. Signage reflecting these changes will be installed. Further signage will be placed on State Highway 1 to direct traffic to other entrances into Taupō, to take pressure off Wairakei Drive at peak times.
Further changes are proposed in the short, medium and long term to improve traffic flow through Taupo's CBD and ease congestion at Norman Smith Street/Wairakei Drive.
These changes are outlined in the Long-term Plan available from Monday, March 12 and we welcome submissions from the community on the proposed changes.
SPA ROAD TO TONGARIRO STREET ROUNDABOUT
All south-bound traffic entering the roundabout will only have a left turn into Spa Road from the left lane.
NORMAN SMITH TO WAIRAKEI DRIVE INTERSECTION
The Norman Smith Street and Wairakei Drive intersection will become a true merging lane with the existing merge lines to be blacked out.