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Te Moana-a-Toi – Bay of Plenty

 

$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.

Te Moana-a-Toi – Bay of Plenty NLTP 2022 update

Graphic showing 1.4 billion forecast investment

Latest news

Two women of bikes cycling towards a pedestrian crossing

Streets for People in the Bay of Plenty

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.

Streets for People

Minister of Transport Michael Wood stands with other guests inspecting road safety improvements

Major road improvements completed in Rotorua

Minister of Transport Michael Wood visited Rotorua to celebrate safe and connected communities and the completion of major improvements on SH5 and SH30.

Celebrating the completion of major improvements on SH5 and SH30

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Bay of Plenty region

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Baypark to Bayfair Link

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.

Baypark to Bayfair Link

SH2 Waihī to Tauranga

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.

SH2 Waihī to Tauranga Corridor

Takitimu North Link

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.

Takitimu North Link

Tauriko network plans

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.

Tauriko Network Plan

Connecting Mount Maunganui/SH2 Hewletts Road

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.

Connecting Mount Maunganui

Connect Rotorua

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.

Connect Rotorua

SH30 Eastern Corridor – Stage Two

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.

SH30 Eastern Corridor – Stage Two

SH33 Te Ngae Junction to Paengaroa

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.

SH33 Te Ngae Junction to Paengaroa

SH30 Awakeri to Whakatāne

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.

SH30 Awakeri to Whakatāne safety improvements

SH2 Ōpōtiki

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.

SH2 Wainui Road to Ōpōtiki

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 11.7 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 5.9 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 147.5 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 5.5 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 10.0%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $45,042,048

Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.3 MB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 10.6km
  • Resurfacing – 18.6km
  • Resealing – 186.2km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 12.7%
  • Total state highway spend – $46.3m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 156 KB]

Consultations

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

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.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation