Project introduction

The Hawke’s Bay Expressway project has improved road safety from Bayview to Pakipaki. The improvements formed part of a $36 million programme designed to stop people being injured or killed on this stretch of road.

  • Estimated project cost

    $36 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


About the project

The Hawke’s Bay Expressway (SH2 Bay view and SH50A Pakipaki) is vital for the region, and provides an important link to both the Hawke’s Bay Airport and the Port of Napier. Over the last few years we have:

  • installed flexible safety barriers along the side and the centre of the road. These barriers catch vehicles that leave the lane, grabbing them before they hit something harder like a pole, tree or oncoming car.
  • widened road shoulders. These will give drivers more room to recover if they lose control.
  • made more places for safe passing.
  • installed roundabouts at the intersections of SH2/Watchman Road/Meeanee Quay and SH50/Pakowhai/Links Road. 

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