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Contract for final Tauranga Eastern Link support projectawarded

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In another step towards the completion of the Bay of Plenty's largest state highway project, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) last week awarded a $1.6 million contract to construct a new weigh station at Paenagroa on the Tauranga Eastern Link.

The new weigh station, to be constructed by Higgins, will replace two existing facilities that will be removed as part of the construction of Tauranga Eastern Link. The new weigh station will include a weigh-in-motion bridge, control building, inspection pit and a hard stand area for truck parking.

Brett Gliddon, Bay of Plenty State Highway Manager, says work will begin this summer and the project is due to be completed by July 2013.

The Paengaroa weigh station is one of seven Tauranga Eastern Link enabling works projects. Five of the enabling works have already been completed and one currently underway to increase the size of the Maranui Wetland stormwater treatment pond. The completed projects include:

  • building the Kaituna Road extension
  • extending Truman Lane
  • relocating a bulk watermain
  • storm water upgrades around Mangatawa, and
  • expanding an existing pumpstation.

Mr Gliddon said the NZTA was making good progress on construction of the Tauranga Eastern Link, one of seven Roads of National Signficance, the Bay of Plenty’s largest ever state highway project and a key strategic transport corridor for the region.

Opening in 2016, the four-lane Tauranga Eastern Link will run from Te Maunga (near Baypark Stadium) in Tauranga to the existing junction of State Highways 2 and 33 (the Rotorua and Whakatane highways) near Paengaroa. It will be made up of 17km of new road and an upgrade of six kilometres of existing highway.

The new four lane highway with a central median barrier will provide a safer and more direct route between Tauranga to Paengaroa, provide more efficient connections for business, industry and tourism, support regional growth, generate jobs and boost the local economy.

Keep up-to-date with developments at www.nzta.govt.nz/tel.

Editor’s notes

The four-lane Tauranga Eastern Link will run from Te Maunga (near Baypark Stadium) in Tauranga to the existing junction of State Highways 2 and 33 (the Rotorua and Whakatane highways) near Paengaroa. It will be made up of 17km of new road and an upgrade of six kilometres of existing highway. The new highway is expected to open to traffic in 2016.

The Government has identified seven essential state highway projects linked to New Zealand’s economic prosperity. Called the roads of national significance, or RoNS for short, the NZTA is charged with delivering this programme of state highway improvements within the next 10 years. The RoNS programme represents one of New Zealand’s biggest ever infrastructure investments and is a key part of the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan and Government’s Policy Statement for transport.

The seven RoNS projects are based around New Zealand's five largest population centres. The focus is on moving people and freight between and within these centres more safely and efficiently. Other RoNS may be added in future but currently from north to south the seven projects are:

More information is available at www.nzta.govt.nz/rons.

For more information please contact:

Glenda Dobbyn
Senior Advisor Engagement and Communications
DDI: 07 928 7908
M: 027 021 67217
E: glenda.dobbyn@nzta.govt.nz

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