The new Tauranga Northern Link (TNL) corridor will provide residents and visitors to the Bay of Plenty with safer, more resilient access to one of New Zealand’s highest growth areas.
This level of growth is forecast to continue for several more decades, making it critical to provide a transport system that offers safer choices for people to move about and ensure the region thrives by being able to take advantage of economic growth opportunities. Current demand on State Highway 2 (SH2) is a barrier to economic and residential growth.
The NZ Upgrade Programme is providing $478 million to build the new TNL, connecting State Highway 29 (SH29) Takitimu Drive through to SH2 near Loop Road, west of Te Puna.
The new four-lane corridor will have a separated walking and cycling path along the entire length, including across the new Wairoa River bridge. One lane in each direction will be used to prioritise public transport, vehicles carrying multiple passengers and/or freight.
An interchange overbridge at Minden Road and underpasses at Cambridge Road and Wairoa Road will help improve safety and efficiently manage the forecast traffic growth.
TNL is a key part of the region’s SmartGrowth strategy.
Construction of the five-year project is scheduled to begin late 2020, with all consenting and the designation completed.