As the main transport route between Rotorua, Whakatāne and the East Coast, the road is used by a range of road users including daily commuters, freight, local traffic, cyclists and motorcyclists, tourists, and agricultural machinery.
SH30 is predominantly rural and considered high-volume for a two-lane state highway. It has connections to a network of local roads and direct access to adjoining agricultural properties.
Unfortunately, the number of people being killed or seriously injured in crashes on this section of the state highway is increasing.
Between 2017 and 2021 road crashes killed four people and seriously injured 16 others on SH30 between Awakeri and Whakatāne. Almost half of these deaths and serious injuries were from head-on crashes. From January to December 2022 there was one death and eight serious injuries from six crashes.
In 2021, we completed a feasibility study to look at a range of potential safety improvements for SH30, between the intersection with State Highway 2 (SH2) at Awakeri through to Phoenix Drive in Whakatāne.
The safety improvements we’re proposing and sought feedback on include new roundabouts, safety barriers, and seal widening, and are part of our commitment to Road to Zero, to save lives and prevent people from being seriously injured.