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The slip at Ruamahunga Bay, Thames Coast. Photo: SUPPLIED/WAKA KOTAHI

Repairs to Ruamahanga slip expected to begin this week

There are still multiple sites on SH25 needing repairs following the storms earlier this year, the transport agency says. 

“Repair works are being prioritised and sequenced to minimise disruption to traffic, particularly over the summer holiday period.”  

Weather permitting, work is expected to start later this week at Ruamahanga on the Thames Coast – traffic will go down to a single lane there until just before Christmas as there will be workers on the slip face above the road. 

“We also expect to be working on a further six further sites across the peninsula this side of Christmas, then recovery work which will cause traffic disruption, such as lane closures will be minimised until after Waitangi weekend.”  

With works at the Coroglen underslip near completion, the next sites to start will be Wharekaho, Pumpkin Hill and Thornton Bay, followed by Kereta Hill and Te Kouma Hill.


The next two months will see a flurry of chipsealing and asphalt surfacing taking place across the across the wider Waikato and Bay of Plenty region, alongside the larger infrastructure projects that continue as well.

This all contributes to improving the condition of the state highway network, resulting in smoother journeys for all.

Work has been planned to minimise delays, but given the volume of work, there are few sections of the network where people won’t experience some sort of disruption. It’s important during the summer months to factor in extra time to your journey, to ensure you arrive on time to your destination.

The Waka Kotahi Journey Planner ( is the best place for information on the status of the state highway network. With live updates on worksites and other road hazards, Journey Planner can help road users plot the best route to their destination.

Works underway or about to start include:

· SH25 Thames:  Overnight road resurfacing on SH25, south of the Goldfields shopping centre for two weeks began on Sunday 29 October. Stop/go traffic management will be in place, and from time-to-time side roads will be closed so we can finish the work as quickly as possible. The affected side roads include Willoughby Street, Richmond Street and Sealey Street, access for residents will be provided from Pollen Street. Access to Richmond Street West will be maintained at all times.

·  SH26 Puriri: work to repair the road pavement will start on Monday 6 November at a site south of Kopu, near Puriri.  The work is expected to be completed within two weeks and will be undertaken using stop/go traffic management.

· SH2 Maramarua: Stop/go traffic management and a temporary speed limit will be in place from Monday 30 October to Thursday 2 November, between 9pm and 5am each night.