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Construction of $17M roading project in Rotorua starts next month


Construction of a $17 million project to improve a section of State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road in Rotorua will start next month.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency announced today work will begin work on the Eastern Corridor Stage 1 on 18 February 2020.

The project is part of the $24 million programme, Connect Rotorua, to transform Rotorua’s central and eastern corridors in partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council.

Transport Agency Acting Director Regional Relationships, Ross I’Anson, says the project is an exciting milestone for Rotorua and is key to helping support the district’s growth.

“Stage 1 of the Eastern Corridor project will improve safety and access and increase opportunities for cycling and other modes of transport on State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road, from Sala Street to Iles Road.

“Once complete, we expect travelling through this section of SH30 will be safer, and more accessible for local people and visitors alike.”

Mayor of Rotorua, Hon Steve Chadwick, says “improving our eastern roading corridor is crucial for Rotorua so after a number of years of hard work alongside the Transport Agency, it’s very pleasing that construction of the stage from Sala Street to Iles Road, is about to get underway.

“This will help to alleviate current pressures and will help to support growth in a part of our city where development of new housing areas is underway.”

The project will involve the upgrade of the Tarawera roundabout to a signalised intersection, operated by traffic lights, as well as improvements to the SH30/Sala Street intersection.

It also includes four-laning a section of the highway between Allen Mills and Iles roads, 3.5km of new shared paths, undergrounding the overhead powerlines, and installing new watermains on behalf of Council.

Construction will start on 18 February 2020 and will be completed in stages – with final completion expected in late 2021.

The first section of work will involve installing new watermains along both sides of the corridor and creating a new access to the rugby club at the Sala Street intersection.

Delays to people’s journeys during the first stage are expected to be minor.

The Eastern Corridor Stage 2 looks at the section of SH30 from Iles Road to Rotorua Airport. The Transport Agency will revisit the Stage 2 project in early 2020 with the aim of completing the detailed business case.

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