A lack of investment on the State Highway 2 Tauranga to Waihi corridor by the previous National government has left the road unsafe and incapable of coping with increasing traffic pressure.
Accidents on this road have increased in both frequency and severity in recent years, as have the number of freight vehicles using it.
Although an immediate resolution would be great, the lack of attention from the former government towards the project makes this impossible. The best way forward is to address the safety issues in three stages.
The immediate focus is to make improvements to the existing road by way of flexible median and side barriers and wide centrelines. To assist the traffic flow, the Omokoroa intersection is to be upgraded. Additionally, a speed limit review between Katikati Township and Tauranga is taking place.
Corridor improvements will also include increasing space for public transport and high occupancy vehicles by adding lanes.
The improvements, while not an overnight solution, will help reduce traffic jams and improve the road’s safety. At the end of the day, what is important is that we all get home to our families safe and sound.
I am looking forward to seeing the improvements as they come along, and hope to provide more updates on the plans for this corridor.