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Project introduction

The SH35/Awapuni Road upgrade aims to help reduce traffic noise and vibration while building a longer-lasting road by replacing the current surface with asphalt concrete. The road will be upgraded from the Grey Street roundabout to the Stanley Road intersection.

  • Estimated project dates

    Apr 2019
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


Project updates

SH35 Awapuni Road roadworks factsheet
Factsheets, (PDF)
Wet weather delays Awapuni Road upgrade
Media release,

About the project

As well as ‘future-proofing’ the road, this upgrade includes moving fire hydrant lids outside of the driving lane to stop the noise created by tyres driving over hydrant lids and new line markings to help improve traffic flow.

The road will be upgraded from the Grey Street roundabout to the Stanley Road intersection.

Motorists should expect delays of up to 30 minutes while works take place and should use an alternative route where possible.

Project phases

Phase 1: relocating fire hydrants to the beach side of the road – Complete.

Phase 2: minor preparatory works – Complete by 12 April 2019.

Phase 3: road rebuilt using asphalt concrete. This includes line marking and levelling utility service lids – 3 April – 20 April (weather dependent). Keep an eye on this page for updates to these timings.


Awapuni Road is one of the busiest in Gisborne. It is a state highway running through an urban residential area. The section between Stanley Road and Grey Street has been allocated funding for an upgrade, as testing shows the condition here is worse than other parts of Awapuni Road and has greater deterioration.

$2.5m has been allocated from the 2018–21 National Land Transport Programme to fully fund this project.


The asphalting work will be managed in three sections between Grey Street and Stanley Road. Each section will take five or six days to complete (weather dependent) between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday. If good progress is made, these dates may be brought forward. A letter drop will inform you of any date changes prior to the crew working outside your property.

Indicative timings (weather dependent)

SectionPart of Awapuni RoadEstimated startEstimated end
1 Grey Street to Roberts Road intersection. 3 April 9 April
2 Roberts Road intersection to Beacon Street intersection. 9 April 15 April
3 Beacon Street intersection to Stanley Road intersection. 15 April 20 April

Project area

Starting at Grey Street, one lane of the road will be milled (dug out) in sections of approximately 300m each day (excluding Sundays). Asphalt will be laid the same day. The next day this process will be repeated on the opposite side of the road, and then the machinery will move forward to complete the next 300m.


Project partners

This project is being delivered by Tairāwhiti Roads on behalf of the NZ Transport Agency.

Tairāwhiti Roads