Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises ecological and ground investigations required for Stage Two of the Takitimu North Link project, between Te Puna and Ōmokoroa, are now underway.
Starting in late January, stormwater surveys, geotechnical investigations, and ecological and archaeological assessments will be carried out over several months, says Portfolio Delivery Manager Jo Wilton.
“A team of specialists will be testing the soil and strength of the ground, surveying vegetation, streams, checking out birdlife and looking for evidence of bats. You’ll see our drilling rigs, but we’ll also be using more low-key equipment to complete this work,” says Ms Wilton.
These investigations will help to inform the planning and design of the second stage of the new Takitimu North Link expressway.
“Preliminary site investigations for Stage One of the project (Tauranga to Te Puna), are near completion with some archaeological assessments currently taking place,” says Ms Wilton.
About the Takitimu North Link project
Funding has been provided through the New Zealand Upgrade Programme for Takitimu North Link, one of the Bay of Plenty’s most significant roading projects.
The Takitimu North Link project is a new 14km four-lane expressway connecting Tauranga and Ōmokoroa, with a shared path for walking and cycling. It will be constructed in two phases.
Stage One is a 6.8km four-lane expressway between Tauranga and Te Puna. Stage Two extends the expressway a further 7km between Te Puna and Ōmokoroa.
Once complete, the Takitimu North Link will significantly improve safety and access, contribute to more sustainable transport for local communities, and support economic growth across the region.