There’s been a high number of crashes on State Highway 2 (SH2) between Katikati and Tauranga. We want to make sure that speeds are safe and right for this road, so we’re proposing speed limit changes.
We’re also making SH2 between Waihī and Ōmokoroa safer by improving intersections and installing roadside safety barriers, widening the road shoulder and putting in a wide centreline. Work is already underway on these improvements and, along with the right speed limit, will make SH2 safer for everyone.
Before we make a decision, we want to hear from you.
What we know
Between 2009 and 2018, 27 people died, and 77 people were seriously injured in crashes on this stretch of road.
There are more vehicles, including heavy vehicles, using this section of SH2 and it’s catering to a wide range of competing travel needs, with 43 intersections and over 100 driveways that have direct access onto the road.
Lowering the speed limit is something we can do now to help make SH2 safer in the short to medium term while we investigate other potential safety improvements between Ōmokoroa and Tauranga.
We’re also making SH2 between Waihī and Ōmokoroa safer by improving intersections and installing roadside safety barriers, widening the road shoulder and putting in a wide centreline. Work is already underway, along with the right speed limit, this will make SH2 safer for everyone.
More information about these improvements can be found on the SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa project site.
What we’re proposing
||Current speed limit
||Proposed speed limit
||Current mean operating speed
||Katikati to Te Puna
||100km/h and 90/km/h
|From 170m south of Marshall Road to 180m east of Loop Road
||Pahoia School zone
|From 140m north of Pahoia Road to 310m south-east of Esdaile Road during school hours
|From 180m east of Loop Road to 360m east of Te Puna Road
|From 360m east of Te Puna Road to 135m west of Te Puna Station Road
||90km/h and 50km/h
|From 135m west of Te Puna Station Road to 370m east of Bethlehem Road