The measures listed above aim to reduce the frequency and duration of disruption on the East Coast network.
It is estimated that there will be an annual travel time saving of 2,030 hours, for the 277 road users who would experience increased travel due to weather disruption.
As well as improving the reliability of the road, the Connecting Tairāwhiti programme, including the Resilience and Passing Opportunities projects, will see a number of other benefits to the Tairāwhiti region, including.
- Stronger relationships through proactive work with landowners, iwi and hapū groups in both the design and implementation phases of the project
- the programme will improve productivity of corridor land, through native plantings and the opportunity for $20K per annum in increased Mānuka-derived products.
- The project will create 21 jobs across the programme over the next 5 years. Based on minimum salary rates, it is estimated the short-term value is $3.56M over the 5-year construction programme.
- 31 trainee opportunities will be generated.
- Reductions in travel time reduces 16,691kg (16.69 tonnes) of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being emitted into the atmosphere each year, equating to 668 Tonnes of CO2 over the 40-year assessment period.
- In addition, up to 267,362 additional native trees and shrubs will be across the project to remove another 55,325 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere over the next 40 years (1.38 tonnes per year on average).
See also SH2/SH35 passing opportunities project