Thames Coast Rd and Kauaeranga Valley Rd update 21 March 2018 Work continues to progress well on the Thames Coast Road (State Highway 25) with repairs continuing at multiple sites to install rock protection walls and rebuild the road. Photo: NZTA say SH25 repairs are progressing well. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) advise the project to rebuild this stretch of SH25 remains on track to be completed by the end of June, with about one third of the 6.7 kilometres of rock protection walls now complete. The road is now fully open to all vehicles in both directions, leading to an increase in traffic using the road, however stop/go traffic management and speed restrictions at multiples sites mean travellers should expect delays. With heavy vehicles once again using the road north-bound, NZTA are asking motorists to manage their speed through sensitive areas to ensure there is no further damage to the road. Within the next week NZTA will begin work to install temporary rock protection walls in the Te Mata and Thornton Bay area. These walls will be a temporary measure to ensure the road does not suffer further damage in future storms until they can design a long-term solution which protects the road while giving residents access to the beach. Over the next couple of months NZTA will be developing some options to bring to the community for the long-term protection of the coastline in this area. Summer resealing work on SH25/25A complete Over the past couple of months various sites around the Coromandel have had new seal laid and seal repair carried out. This is part of the NZTA's commitment to spend $8.3 million on repairing and resealing SH25 and SH25A over the next three years. Meanwhile NZTA are finalising design and preparing to tender work on the resilience projects that will help make the road more resilient to the effects of storms and heavy rain. The main projects to be completed around the Coromandel are: SH25A Kopu-Hikuai retaining wall and rock protection wall Boundary Creek, rock wall to protect against erosion Kereta hill, retaining wall (section 2) Whangapoua hill, retaining walls at two sites Kuaotunu hill, retaining walls at two sites In addition to the resilience work there are a number of projects to improve safety around the Coromandel that will take place this year. Kauaeranga Valley Rd update The Kauaeranga Valley Road will be closed Thursday 22 March for repairs to the Mangarehu ford. This is the ford before the Visitor Centre, which means there will be no access past this point on Thursday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be access for light vehicles only and normal traffic will resume on Monday 26 March. The Kauaeranga Valley Road is also in the process of being tar sealed and scheduled for completion by mid-May. Read more here. Repco Beach Hop 2018 Repco Beach Hop 2018 has arrived to our district with many participants and spectators in their retro and classic vehicles. NZTA advise traffic delays are likely around the Coromandel from today through to Sunday 25 March with large crowds expected to flock to the Repco Beach Hop and cars cruising through to Whitianga tomorrow for the Repco Beach Hop Party. We'd also like your help filling out the Repco Beach Hop survey, which gives us an idea of the economic impact this event brings to our area. Click here to complete the survey.