Eastern Corridor Stage Two is part of the Connect Rotorua programme which aims to futureproof State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road between Sala Street and Rotorua Airport.
Construction of Stage One, between Sala Street and Iles Road, is already underway. Planning for Stage Two, between Iles Road and Rotorua Airport, addresses safety and connectivity while accommodating for future growth and providing better travel choices.
Through working alongside Rotorua Lakes Council, iwi and key stakeholders, Waka Kotahi has identified the best solution for futureproofing the corridor.
The emerging solution includes:
- Upgrades to key intersections such as Owhata Road, Wharenui Road, Brent Road and Rotorua Airport
- Walking and cycling improvements such as a new three-metre-wide shared path and separated cycleway
- Four-laning in line with development – one lane in each direction may be used to prioritise public transport, vehicles carrying multiple passengers and/or freight
- Safety improvements including a new flush median, traffic calming on nearby local roads and additional pedestrian crossings
Waka Kotahi will be seeking feedback on the proposed improvements for Stage Two in the coming weeks