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Update for Whangarei community on SH1 improvements

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The New Zealand Transport Agency and Whangarei District Council will hold two public information days next week to update the community on the planned improvements along State Highway 1 in the city.

The information days will be held on Wednesday, 21 March, and again on Thursday, 22 March.

After the successful opening of Stage 2 of the Kamo by-pass last year, five other projects remain to improve safety and traffic flows along the city's main road corridor  The five, which have a total construction cost of approximately $24m, are:-

  • Tarewa Road intersection
  • SH1/14 intersection
  • Wilson Avenue to Fourth Avenue intersection
  • Selwyn Avenue to Fourth Avenue intersection
  • Kensington Avenue to Manse Street intersection

"The improvements will have a significant impact on the city, and the open days are a good opportunity to keep people informed of our plans," says the NZTA's State Highways Manager for Auckland and Northland, Tommy Parker.  "We are coming to listen and there will be an opportunity for people to give us their feedback."

The NZTA will provide details of enabling works connected with some of the projects, which are due to start in the new few weeks.  Mr Parker says the NZTA will have more clarity about the start of project construction when its latest National Land Transport Programme is released in August.  The Programme sets out the NZTA's priorities for transport projects and funding for 2012-15.

The public information days will be held at the NZ Vikings Room at Toll Stadium, Okara Drive. Open times for both days are 9.30am-12.00pm and 3.30pm - 7.30pm.

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