$1.4 billion has been forecast to be invested in the Bay of Plenty in the 2021-24 National Land Transport Plan (NLTP). This funding will support economic growth and respond to the needs of the growing population for better travel options.
Tauranga City Council and Ōpōtiki District Council are two of 17 councils nationwide selected to be part of Streets for People 2021-24 programme. The programme seeks to create a healthier future by putting people and place at the heart of streets.
Minister of Transport Michael Wood visited Rotorua to celebrate safe and connected communities and the completion of major improvements on SH5 and SH30.
Every day, about 38,000 vehicles travel along this narrow 1.7km section of SH2. When completed, this project will improve safety by separating local traffic from the state highway and rail, as well as providing safer walking and cycling connections between Baypark and Bayfair.
As part of Road to Zero, we’re creating a safe transport system. On SH2, we’re reviewing speeds and putting infrastructure where we’ve found high risks, to save lives and prevent people from being seriously injured. Between 2009 and 2018, 25 people lost their lives and 66 were seriously injured on this 40-kilometre stretch of road. The safety improvements include widening the road, making intersections safer and putting in roadside barriers where hazards exist – these will be completed in 2024. We’re also installing flexible median barriers and building six new roundabouts, completion of which is expected by 2026.
The Takitimu North Link project is part of the Government’s $8.7 billion NZ Upgrade Programme investment. This new 14km four-lane expressway, connecting Tauranga and Ōmokoroa, is a key strategic transport corridor for the region, and will provide greater travel choice, with a shared path for walking and cycling. The project will be constructed in two stages. Stage One, between Tauranga and Te Puna, is in construction.
To cater for Tauranga’s population growth, we’re working with partners to create connected communities and a safe transport network in the Western Corridor. We have developed options for the long-term (10-plus years) improvements to SH29 and SH29A, and a package of initial improvements to enable access and safety with improved walking and cycling and high frequency public transport connections through the area.
The Connecting Mount Maunganui project works towards solutions to improve safety and access to, from and through Mount Maunganui and to create better links for more people to go by bus, bike and walk. We are in the Indicative Business Case stage for the project, investigating options and making assessments with specific considerations like feasibility, affordability, complexity and fit for purpose.
Work continues to futureproof the key transport corridors in Rotorua. We are creating a safe and sustainable network that supports community wellbeing and makes people’s daily journeys more enjoyable.
Work is underway to address safety and connectivity along this section of highway, while accommodating for future growth and providing better travel choices in Rotorua on SH30/Te Ngae Road, between Iles and Coulter roads.
We’re delivering safety improvements along this 34km stretch of SH33 and upgrading the SH30/SH33 intersection on the outskirts of Rotorua as part of Road to Zero.
SH30, between Awakeri and Whakatāne, has been identified as a stretch of state highway where safety improvements could make a big difference in saving lives. A feasibility study was completed in 2021, the next phase of this project being the detailed design.
Work continues on safety improvements being delivered to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on SH2 near Ōpōtiki and improve flood protection at the SH2/Wainui Road intersection.
Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:
Planned maintenance for 2022/23:
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.