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1. Route information
3. Traffic management
4. Maintenance of existing roads
5. Enquiries and contact details
7. Bridge clearances
9. Access on/off the highway upon completion
10. Predicted traffic volumes
11. Pedestrian and cycle access
12. Accident and emergency access
13. Construction – other projects
1. Route information
The Tauranga Eastern Link will begin at Te Maunga in Tauranga (near BayPark stadium) and follow the existing State Highway 2 to the Domain Road roundabout at Papamoa. It then leaves the current state highway route and crosses rural land parallel to Tara Road across Parton Road and along the sand hills to the Kaituna River at the end of Bell Road. At this point the highway crosses the river and carries on past the Kaituna Wildlife Management Reserve. It heads south east across dairy farms and orchard blocks before rising up over the railway line to join the existing junction of State Highways 2 and 33 (the Rotorua and Whakatane highways) at Paengaroa.
View the project in 3D by watching the Tauranga Eastern Link animation.
Once complete it may save up to twelve minutes travel time from Te Maunga to Paengaroa or up to 24 minutes on a return journey.
Essentially yes, it is predicted to take a lot of heavy traffic and vehicles travelling through the region out of the main streets of Te Puke and Waitangi.
It will not remove all the traffic from Te Puke, but it will remove heavy traffic and vehicles travelling to other destinations. The Tauranga Eastern Link is also a catalyst for significant growth in the area east of Papamoa and Te Puke – Paengaroa is predicted to grow as a result.
Completion of the Eastern Link will bring significant economic and social benefits to the community and to road users. These include:
The Tauranga Eastern Link is a NZ Transport Agency (Transport Agency) state highway project and is expected to cost $455 million at today's prices (2010). It is supported by Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
The Tauranga Eastern Link is being constructed by a construction alliance that has been formed by Fulton Hogan and Heb Construction. Working for the Fulton Hogan-HEB Construction Alliance is a team of expert design consultants from URS, Opus International, Peters & Cheung and Bartley Consultants.
Construction is expected to take between five and six years, depending on soil and weather conditions. All going well, it will open to traffic in 2016. Join our mailing list (external link) to receive construction updates.
Construction of the interchange is dependent on the growth of the future Papamoa East residential development, anticipated to be 2025-2030.
Construction is linked to the development of the Rangiuru Business Park and the start time is yet to be determined.
For the safety of motorists and construction workers, changes to traffic conditions are required during construction of the Tauranga Eastern Link when working on or near State Highway 2 from Te Maunga to Domain Road. Transport Agency and the Fulton Hogan-HEB Construction Alliance will be working hard to minimise any disruption.
Advance notice will be provided via weekly traffic updates, traffic reports, variable message signs and advertising where appropriate. Join our mailing list (external link) to receive weekly traffic reports.
Yes. Where construction works are taking place close to, or on the state highway, or connecting roads and interchanges, the speed limit will be reduced to maintain safety for motorists and workers. Where required, other safety measures, such as temporary lights, will also be installed.
Transport Agency and Western Bay of Plenty Council are currently working on a detailed study examining the future form and function of the existing State Highway 2. This study will assess the type of traffic that will use the road, and how the road should be managed and maintained in the future.
The Fulton Hogan-HEB Construction Alliance has been given access to use a number of roads and is contracted to provide the maintenance on them throughout the duration of the contract.
As per normal, if you have any concerns about maintenance on local roads please contact the appropriate Council. Tauranga City Council 07 577 7000, Western Bay of Plenty District Council 0800 WBOPDC - 0800 926 732.
For project enquiries please phone 0800 TEL INFO (0800 835 463).
More information is available on this website, phoning 0800 TEL INFO (0800 835 463), or at the visitor information centre, Tara Road, Papamoa (opening early 2011).
You can also join our mailing list (external link) to receive construction and traffic updates.
Street lighting increases visibility, thus increasing road safety for road users.
Lighting is required on the Tauranga Eastern Link interchanges and toll gantry, including the interchanges proposed at Rangiuru and Papamoa East. With this in mind, the majority of the highway will be lit, or have light spill from neighbouring residential areas. To improve the visual capabilities of the driver, and reduce the continuous light to dark transitions, the whole route will be lit.
Street lighting also improves the driver's ability to detect roadway hazards, reduces contrast between headlight glare and the surrounding environment - preventing loss of visual clarity from contrast adaptation.
The minimum vertical clearance to bridge structures over the Tauranga Eastern link will be 5.5 metres, except where no alternative route for over dimensional vehicles is provided for. Then the minimum will be 6.1 metres.
The benefit of the tolling is that it allows us to bring construction forward so it can start in 2011. Without tolling construction would most likely start in five to 10 years time.
No, the section from Te Maunga to Domain Road will be an upgrade of the existing two-lane road to a four-lane highway and will not be tolled. The new section from Domain Road intersection to Paengaroa will be tolled.
The toll will help pay for the new section of the Eastern Link that starts at Domain Road, Papamoa and finishes at Paengaroa.
It is envisaged that at opening, the toll would be a maximum of $2 for cars, motorcycles and light vehicles and $5 for larger vehicles and trucks (all at 2008 dollars subject to inflation until opening).
The toll charge will be increased at the rate of inflation (CPI) using a base date of 2008 dollars.
The toll needs to raise enough money to repay the debt and interest charges. As soon as these are repaid, the tolls will be removed. This is anticipated to be a maximum of 35 years after opening.
In January 2009 the Transport Agency opened its first fully electronic toll collection system on the Northern Gateway toll road north of Auckland. We propose using a similar system on the Eastern Link. As collection methods and technology are always evolving, a final evaluation of the system will be made closer to the road opening.
View the 3D tolling animation and see how free flow tolling works.
The toll collection point will be between the proposed Papamoa East interchange and the future Rangiuru Business Park.
No. The Tauranga Eastern Link will use a free-flow tolling system so road users will be able to travel the 23km journey without having to stop or slow down to pay a toll. We decided to develop a free-flow electronic toll system because:
A free alternative route must be available for those road users who do not wish to pay a toll. The existing state highway route through Te Puke would be the non-tolled free alternative.
The entry and exits include: Te Maunga roundabout, Mangatawa interchange, Bruce Road (left in/out only), Kairua Road (left in/out only), Domain Road interchange and Paengaroa. There is no access on/off the highway from Domain Road through to Paengaroa. Future access will be at Papamoa East (construction proposed 2025-2030) and Rangiuru (construction date yet to be determined).
Papamoa residents will access the Tauranga Eastern Link via the Domain Road interchange. There will be no access on or off the new highway between Domain Road to Paengaroa.
The following data shows the predicted AADT = average annual daily traffic volume.
Te Puke North, SH2
Tauranga Eastern Link
The Tauranga Eastern Link will be a four lane highway and for pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety there will be no cycling lanes on the state highway. However the Tauranga Eastern Link will provide connections to existing and future local road networks, in the following locations:
Pedestrian and cycle connections into local road network via the new residential service lane that runs parallel to State Highway 2. There will be a mixture of shared paths, footpaths and on-road cycling.
This intersection will allow for connections from Mangatawa to the coast. There will be shared paths within this area and on-road cycling along Sandhurst Drive.
Pedestrian and cycle access on the shoulders of local roads will link to the local road network.
Shared paths through the interchange will revert to footpaths and on-road cycling upon connecting to local roads (eg Tara and Parton Roads).
This large interchange will provide refuges at all points where pedestrians and cyclists move against vehicle traffic.
There will be a shared path linking Papamoa East to Rangiuru, it will be approximately 5.6km long and elevated, supporting recreational cycling and the enjoyment of views of the Kaituna River and surrounding area. There will be access to the Kaituna River bank via a service road. Future connections have been considered to the Rangiuru Business Park and local road network.
For more information take a look at the Tauranga Eastern Link Urban and Landscape Design Framework – Section E: Shared Paths (PDF, 1.79MB).
The pedestrian and cycle paths have been developed to in conjunction with the SmartGrowth principles – enabling links beyond the Tauranga Eastern Link, providing for recreation and commuting, and maintaining a safe connection to local communities and road networks.
The location of the pedestrian and cycle paths have been selected so that they can link with existing and future local road networks.
There will be some disruption along State Highway 2, however, weekly traffic updates will be provided to minimise the impact.
Join our mailing list (external link) to receive weekly traffic reports.
The lanes are separated by a wire rope barrier which is demountable. In the event of an accident it takes 10 to 15 minutes to drop the ropes so emergency vehicles can get to the opposite side of the highway.
This project is currently under investigation. The investigation includes surveying and modelling current and predicted volumes of traffic, consulting with road users and residents, undertaking geotechnical testing, examining crash data records, and assessing the potential social and environmental impacts of any upgrade.
Under consideration are all previously-identified options, including a signalised roundabout and a two or four lane fly-over. This investigation includes identifying the preferred option and involves developing a design to the point where a reliable construction cost can be determined.
The preferred option is due to be identified in late 2011.
This is a Tauranga City Council project. Information about this project and other associated works can be found at the Tauranga City Council website (external link) .