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Project introduction

The Eastern Corridor – Stage Two project includes the section of SH30/Te Ngae Road from Iles Road to Rotorua Airport. We are addressing safety and connectivity on the corridor, while accommodating for future growth and providing better travel choices.

  • Estimated project dates

    Jun 2021–Jun 2023
  • Project type

    Road improvements, Safety improvements, Walking & cycling

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Project overview

The SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage Two project involves the section of SH30/Te Ngae Road from Iles Road to Rotorua Airport.

Stage Two addresses safety and connectivity on the corridor, while accommodating for future growth and providing people with better travel choices.

In 2020, working with Council, iwi, key stakeholders and the community, we completed a detailed business case for the Corridor.

Detailed business case [PDF, 6.7 MB]

These improvements include:

  • Upgrades to key intersections such as Wharenui Road, Owhata Road, Basely Road, Brent Road, Lee/Gee roads, and Rotorua Airport/Eastgate Business Park
  • Walking and cycling improvements such as a new three-metre-wide shared path and separate on-road cycle lane
  • Four-laning
  • Safety improvements such as new pedestrian crossings and safety treatments at intersections.

Improvements will be constructed in three phases, with construction of the first phase starting in 2021. Construction timing for Phase Two and Phase Three will be dictated by the growth and development of Rotorua. 

This project is part of the Connect Rotorua programme of work, in partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council, to futureproof two of the city’s key transport networks: SH30/Te Ngae Road and SH30A/Amohau Street.

Phase One: Construction and funding

In July 2020, the Government announced $35 million for construction of Phase One to support growth and development in eastern Rotorua – with a focus on the Wharenui Road area.

Construction of Phase One is planned to start in mid-2021. The first six months will focus on minor improvements, such as raised tables and pedestrian refuges. Major improvements are planned for 2022 and 2023.

Phase One includes:

  • four lanes between Iles Road and Basley Road
  • four lanes between Brent Road and Owhata Road
  • signalised intersections at Basley Road, Owhata Road and Wharenui Road
  • removal of right-turn out of Brent Road
  • bus stop improvements, including new bus shelters and potential real-time digital travel information
  • a shared path from Iles Road to Coulter Road
  • on road cycling lanes from Iles Road to Coulter Road
  • removal of left turn slip lanes onto local roads, between Iles Road and Coulter Road, to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • raised tables at local road intersections (parallel crossings)
  • moving the signalised crossing from current location near Tennyson Drive to Puketawhero Park
  • all pedestrian crossings to use ‘smart technology’ to minimise unnecessary waiting by vehicles
  • new pedestrian refuges.

Community engagement

Waka Kotahi worked closely with Council, iwi and stakeholders to come up with a set of proposed improvements for the corridor. In late 2020 we sought the community’s feedback on these through public engagement, as well as meetings with residents and businesses on the corridor. We heard valuable feedback through this process which further shaped the improvements.

Summary of the engagement process [PDF, 189 KB]

Key changes we made late last year, or are investigating further, as a result of stakeholder and community feedback are:

  • allowing right-turn entry into Brent Road, with right turn exit from Brent Road prohibited (we originally proposed left in/left out only at this intersection)
  • investigating how we can keep the Owhata roundabout in place for a few more years before signals will be required at this intersection. We are currently considering signalising the east-bound lane of the existing roundabout as a short-term response to gain more life from an asset that is valued by the community
  • smooth transitions for cyclists and prams at intersections
  • pavement design to reduce noise for residents on the corridor
  • technology for phasing of signal lights to ensure efficient through-traffic flow
  • extending the length of the right-turning bay at the Owhata roundabout to allow longer queuing and reduce impacts to through-traffic
  • more pedestrian refuges.

Map of the preferred option [PDF, 84 KB]