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Contract out to tender for next Tauranga Eastern Link support project


The NZTA this week released the tender to extend Kaituna Road - one of the support projects preceding the main construction of the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL).

The section of Kaituna Road to be extended is currently a paper road to the east of the TEL route. The 2.1 kilometre extension will provide access for properties that will be cut off from Pah Road by the TEL.

The $3.9M project involves relocating utilities, building a new stormwater drainage system and constructing the extension to Kaituna Road.

Three of the six support projects whose early construction have been identified as facilitating the construction of the main TEL project are currently underway. They provide a head-start for the project by completing important stages prior to the main construction.

Harry Wilson, the NZTA’s Bay of Plenty Regional Director says the tender process will run for two months.

“The successful tenderer will be appointed in late October and get work underway in November. We expect the extension of Kaituna Road will be completed by December 2011,” says Mr Wilson.

Meanwhile, the NZTA expects to appoint the main contractor in October.

Keep up-to-date with developments at link)


Editor’s notes

The Government has identified seven essential state highway projects linked to New Zealand’s economic prosperity. Called the roads of national significance, or RoNS for short, the NZTA is charged with delivering this programme of state highway improvements within the next 10 years. The RoNS programme represents one of New Zealand’s biggest ever infrastructure investments and is a key part of the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan and Government’s Policy Statement for transport.

The seven RoNS projects are based around New Zealand's five largest population centres. The focus is on moving people and freight between and within these centres more safely and efficiently. Other RoNS may be added in future but currently from north to south the seven projects are:

  • Puhoi to Wellsford - SH1
  • Completing the Western Ring Route, Auckland - SH16, SH18 and SH20
  • Victoria Park Tunnel, Auckland - SH1
  • Waikato Expressway - SH1
  • Tauranga Eastern Link - SH2
  • Wellington Northern Corridor - SH1
  • Christchurch Motorways.

More information is available at link).