We know that the highways in and out of Tairāwhiti are long and winding, and travel through some unforgiving terrain.
Communities and stakeholders have told us about the increasing numbers of slow trucks causing frustration and unsafe behaviour, and the lack of phone reception and safe places to pull over for long stretches. We heard that more passing opportunities and safe places to pull over would help improve the driver experience.
We have worked with the community to identify and prioritise the best locations to add more safe and effective passing opportunities on State Highways 2 and 35.
As part of the Connecting Tairāwhiti programme, funded by the Provincial Growth Fund and National Land Transport Programme, $32 million has been allocated for a package of passing opportunities on State Highway 2 (SH2) and State Highway 35 (SH35).