Construction starts on $17m Te Ngae Road project

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 18, 2020

The first sod has officially been turned on the $17 million transport project along State Highway 30/Te Ngae Road.

The Eastern Corridor Stage One project, from Sala Street to Iles Road, includes the upgrade of the Tarawera roundabout to a signalised intersection, operated by traffic lights, as well as improvements to the SH30/Sala Street intersection.

It also includes four-laning a section of the highway between Allen Mills and Iles roads, 3.5km of new shared paths, undergrounding the overhead power lines, and installing new water mains on behalf of council.

NZTA acting director regional relationships, Ross I‘Anson, says the project will help make people‘s daily journeys through Rotorua safer, and more enjoyable.

“Key intersections along this corridor will be much safer and easier to navigate, and more convenient routes for people on bikes and on foot will help encourage people to get out of their cars and onto alternative modes of transport.”

Construction is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

During February and March, contractors will be focused on constructing the new access way for the rugby club at Puarenga Park.

Work will also be taking place between Sala Street and Hamiora Place to underground power lines and install new water mains.

Traffic management will be set up throughout the work site between 7am to 6pm on weekdays to ensure contractors are able to work safely and efficiently.

The majority of this work is expected to take place in the road shoulder and will have minimal impact on traffic.