Work starts on another Tauranga Eastern Link support project


The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) recently awarded a $1.75 million contract to expand a stormwater pumping station to HEB Construction Limited.

The Diagonal Drain Pump Station, one of the six support projects preceding the main construction of the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL), discharges storm water from the lower Kaituna catchment area to the Kaituna River. To cater for the increased amount of storm water run-off from TEL, the existing pump station needs upgrading.

The project involves constructing another inlet and outlet structure, installing a new pump and upgrading a power transformer.

Harry Wilson, the NZTA’s Bay of Plenty Regional Director says the tender award is another important step preparing the way for the main TEL construction contract.

The Diagonal Drain Pump Station is one of six TEL support projects. The other projects include:

  • extending Truman Lane so the Mangatawa Lane exit onto State Highway 2 can be closed,
  • storm water upgrades around Mangatawa, and
  • extending Kaituna Road (currently out to tender).

Two of the support projects are being managed in partnership with Tauranga City Council. They include relocating and upgrading a bulk watermain.  Stage one of the watermain relocation along Parton Road was completed recently and the second stage, along State Highway 2, will be finished in approximately one year’s time.

Meanwhile, the NZTA expects to appoint the main construction contractor later this month.

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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)