A 3D animation of the Tauranga Northern Link and interactive displays showing possible safety improvements for State Highway 2 will be on show at a series of NZ Transport Agency open days this month.
Western Bay of Plenty residents who attend will be able to find out more about the government’s $520 million investment to improve safety and congestion on State Highway 2 (SH2) between Waihi and Tauranga.
The open days will be held in Katikati, Te Puna and Omokoroa on Thursday July 28, Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30 respectively.
The Transport Agency’s Bay of Plenty highways manager, Niclas Johansson says there will be information about when and where things will start happening, and what is involved going forward.
“The open days are also a great opportunity for people to meet the project teams’ face-to-face, share ideas and ask any questions they may have,” Mr Johansson says.
“The Tauranga Northern Link will be a big focus but we know people will also want to find out more about the other four projects that will be carried out as part of this investment
“Our aim is to answer as many questions as possible and to get ideas and valuable feedback about what we are proposing from the community and other key stakeholders.”
Mr Johansson says the work will improve congestion and safety issues on the increasingly busy section of SH2.
“The upgrade of the road will support population growth and economic development for agribusinesses, tourism and freight transport industries,” he says.
“The changes are also expected to significantly reduce death and serious injury crashes on the route, which is one of the most high-risk sections of state highway in the country.”
Mr Johansson says the Tauranga Northern Link project is moving ahead into pre-implementation stage as the project team work towards a 2018 start date.
“This means purchasing the remaining property, developing the design for consenting, and tendering for a design and construct team to build the new road,” he says.
Alongside this, work is underway to determine what changes, such as safety improvements and upgrades, will be made as part of the remaining four projects, and when this work will be carried out:
Those unable to attend the open days can find more information at www.nzta.govt.nz/tnl(external link) or can email their contact details to Waihi2TGA@nzta.govt.nz to receive updates throughout the project.
Katikati - Thursday 28 July, 2:30 – 6:30pm
Katikati Resource Centre, 45 Beach Rd, Katikati
Te Puna - Friday 29 July, 3 – 7pm
WaterForce Premise (next to the Te Puna Tavern) - 15C Minden Rd, Te Puna
Omokoroa - Saturday 30 July, 11 – 2pm
Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Road, Omokoroa