SH29 serves several roles. It is a vital route for freight from the Waikato and Auckland regions going to and from the Port of Tauranga, a local connector road, and an inter-regional route for visitors to the Bay of Plenty.
The problems with this section of SH29 include:
- a high and increasing crash rate
- poor road alignment (tight curves and gradients, etc)
- conflict between local and state highway traffic, including a high proportion of heavy trucks
- the effect the high volume of traffic has on the Tauriko community
- a high number of properties with direct access onto the highway
- increasing traffic volumes
- concerns due to unstable ground
- poor pedestrian and cycling facilities.
The objective of this study is to identify a preferred route to improve safety and trip efficiency on SH29 between Omanawa Road and the state highway/Route K junction.
The recommended route will first and foremost support the efficient transport of export product to the Port of Tauranga. It will also improve the safety of the area, cater for projected traffic volumes and efficiency demands, and be sustainable.
This investigation includes:
- consulting affected and interested people on possible options
- selecting the most appropriate solution.