The forecast $410 million investment in the Hawke’s Bay land transport system during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period is targeted at improving safety and resilience while supporting the region’s economy and forecast growth.
Napier City Council and both Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay District Councils are among 17 councils nationwide selected to be part of the Streets for People 2021-24 programme. As part of this initiative, we are funding council projects that are taking climate action and help New Zealand become a safer and carbon-zero country. The programme objective is to create a healthier future by putting people and place at the heart of streets.
Te Mātāwai and Waka Kotahi unveiled one of the first bilingual kura (school) traffic signs outside St. Patrick’s school in Napier after a recent Rule change.
We have recently wrapped up works at the Raupunga Bluff (north of Napier) to increase the resilience of this corridor. A 600-metre section of SH2 at Raupunga alongside the railway line has been relocated away from the Mokaha River as it is undermining the Raupunga Bluff. The curve of the road followed the top of a 90m bluff directly adjacent to the Mohaka River. The work included building a 1.5m high retaining wall alogn a 80-metre section to mitigate any future damage to the rail track platform.
Waka Kotahi has funding to complete the design and consenting for a 4km realignment and a new bridge across the Waikare Gorge on SH2 at Putorino. This stretch of road has repeatedly been closed by slips and rockfall during heavy rain events. There is no efficient de-tour route during times when the road becomes blocked. The Waikare Gorge project will improve safety, resilience, and access for communities in the north of the region.
Making SH2 between Wairoa and Bay View safer is a priority. We are making steady progress on the $32.5m SH2/SH35 passing opportunities project. Three slow vehicle bays have been constructed at Matahorua, Kotemaori and Wharerata, with another two currently in construction at Waikoau Hill and Mohaka. These are in addition to a number of existing slow vehicle bays already on SH2.
A fit-for-purpose transport network is essential to support the growth of the Hawke’s Bay region. The SH2 College Road to Silverstream project aims to increase regional development, safety, resilience, and accessibility. The $13 million project includes road realignment and passing opportunities and is expected to be completed at the end of 2022.
We are updating the Prebensen Drive, Taradale and Hyderabad Road intersections to improve safety for all road users. The project includes changes to the road markings to help the flow of traffic to the city centre and to and from the port. A new shared path on the left side of Hyderabad Road heading towards Ahuriri will make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate safely along.
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.