Takitimu North Link Stage One: Tauranga to Te Puna
The New Zealand Upgrade Programme has provided funding to build Stage One, the new 6.8km four-lane road connecting SH29 Takitimu Drive through to SH2 west of Te Puna.
The Western Bay of Plenty community can look forward to significantly improved safety and accessibility, resilience, and more transport choice for moving around the region. It is the Bay of Plenty’s biggest roading project to date.
Takitimu North Link will provide an alternative route to SH2, moving trucks away from local roads and supporting urban growth. It is a key part of the region’s Connected Centres programme developed by the Urban Form and Transport Initiative.
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Stage One will have a separated walking and cycling path along the entire length. The project includes a new bridge crossing at Wairoa Awa (River), an overbridge interchange at Minden Road/ Te Rangituanehu, underpasses at Cambridge Road and Wairoa Road, a new west-bound single lane connection from Fifteenth Avenue to Takitimu Drive Toll Road, and a northbound flyover and southbound bypass lane at the SH29 interconnection/interface.
The works include the construction of eight bridges, three million cubic metres of earthworks, 29 culverts, eight stream diversions and seven wetland areas.
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.
With almost 90% of all journeys in Tauranga taken by private car, it is critical residents have better access to safer and more reliable travel options to provide greater choice in how they move about the region.
At its peak of construction, 350–400 people will work on the project, but during the project we expect to induct about 4500 staff.
Multi-mode options for travel
A continuous and separate shared ‘active mode path’ provides a safe and efficient connection for people cycling, riding e-bikes, electric scooters, electric skateboards and walking. The path will be on the north side of the corridor and provide regular access points to local roads and points of interest.
The shared path offers a multi-modal shift for commuters, providing more choices for travel and contributing to establishing key community connections at local roads.
The path will link to open spaces including Hakao / Minden Gully and the Wairoa River, and include pull off / rest stops and appreciate the surrounding landscape.