Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Work rolls out on SH29 upgrades near Tauriko

Unlocking economic growth and land for housing are critical elements of the Government’s transport network plan, Transport Minister Simeon Brown said today as he announced the official start of State Highway 29 upgrade works.

Mr Brown said planned upgrades to State Highway 29 (SH29) near Tauriko will deliver strongly on the Government’s priorities.

“The SH29 upgrades near Tauriko will improve safety at the intersections of SH29 with Redwood Lane, Belk Road, and Cambridge Road, support continued development of Tauriko Business Estate, protect freight routes, increase housing supply, and improve access to public transport,” he said.

Every day, approximately 21,000 vehicles, including nearly 3,000 Heavy Commercial Vehicles, travel along SH29 between Redwood Lane and Cambridge Road, to and from other parts of Tauranga and the wider region.

“Once completed, the SH29 upgrade works near Tauriko will unlock at least 2,400 homes from 2026. These upgrades are a key first step of enabling the wider Western Corridor growth opportunity, which is around 25,000 homes over the next 50 years.”

The Tauriko Enabling Works are funded through a multi-party agreement between central government, Tauranga City Council, and private developers. This includes funding from Tauranga City Council, NZTA, Kāinga Ora, and other developers of the Tauriko West Urban Growth Area.

“SH29 is a nationally significant route for freight between Auckland and Waikato-Bay of Plenty. With over a third of New Zealand Exports going through the Port of Tauranga, and vehicle numbers expected to more than double by 2048, upgrades to this corridor are crucial to support economic growth of the region,” Mr Brown said.

“Wider SH29 Tauriko corridor improvements have also been prioritised as a Road of National Significance (RoNS) in the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) released recently.

“The NZ Transport Agency will be responsible for delivering the SH29 Tauriko RoNS project through the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), with further planning, funding, and anticipated construction timelines for delivery to be confirmed later this year when the GPS and NLTP are finalised,” he said.

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