The Hawke’s Bay Expressway was constructed in approximately seven sections over 43 years, and these sections are referred to separately with different State Highway numbers, despite the Expressway being one length of road. This makes for a confusing customer experience and the renumbering will better reflect the HB Expressway as the spine of the Hawke’s Bay roading network.
The opportunity to renumber the State highways has arisen through the exchange of SH2 Meeanee Quay and Pandora Road becoming a local road under Napier City Council’s authority, and Prebensen Drive becoming a State highway under the Transport Agency’s authority.
From 1 August, the entire Hawke’s Bay Expressway will become known as SH2 and the former SH2 between Napier and Hastings (also known as the Coastal Route) will become SH51. Another noteworthy change is that Taradale Road, Hyderabad Road and Georges Drive will become SH51 and Prebensen Drive will be SH50.
The below maps show the current highway numbers, and the route of the new highway numbers that will take effect from 1 August 2019.