Improving safety is at the heart of the Takitimu North Link project, which is a key strategic transport corridor for the region, providing greater travel choice with managed lanes, and a shared path for walking and cycling.
The existing State Highway 2 Waihī to Tauranga is a busy highway with a poor safety record and the pressures of this have been felt for some time. From what was once a rural road passing through a few country settlements this section of state highway has developed into a busy commuter and freight route as well as an important tourist link for the northern Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula.
Western Bay of Plenty communities are projected to grow by 16,000 people in the next 20 years, and traffic crossing the Wairoa Bridge increasing from 20,000 to more than 30,000 daily by 2031.
The rate of growth combined with existing safety, access and congestion issues means Takitimu North Link is a huge investment in the region’s growth.
Through the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP), funding has been provided for Stage One Tauranga to Te Puna. NZUP is an $8.7 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas.
New Zealand Upgrade Programme(external link)
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