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Meeting to discuss 'dangerous' highway

The scene near the Omokoroa intersection on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Supplied.

Omokoroa Community Board chairman Murray Grainger is expecting a crammed Omokoroa Settlers hall on Wednesday night, when area residents meet to discuss the crash rate on the nearby highway.

The meeting’s intent is to lift the priority of the promised State Highway 2 re-build from its current lowly position on the regional council wish list.

The wish list published last week as the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2018 is open for consultation, with the draft document setting out the direction the region’s transport system will take over the long term.

The Waihi to Ōmokoroa Safer Corridor safety improvements on SH2 corridor between Waihī and Tauranga, and the Katikati bypass are well down the list.

With serious accidents seeming to happening near the Omokoroa intersection on a regular basis the residents and road users want the list changed.

They have started a petition which will be part of the Omokoroa community board’s submission on the Draft Regional Land Transport Plan, says Murray.

“The people who dish out the money and do it are NZTA and the regional council has produced their land transport programme where they have prioritised this to number 11 and the Katikati bypass at number 15.

“When you read that document it’s clear that no significant funds are going to be allocated to it for the next six years, and nobody’s going to be driving on it for 10 years - and people are being killed and injured on a regular basis.”

They want the four lane expressway and the Katikati bypass both brought forward.

“There’s not much point having one without the other.”

Most of the recent crashes appear to be intersection related, says Murray. People turning across traffic trying to either enter or leave the highway.

“And the beauty of a four lane expressway is it removes the local intersections puts them onto a local feeder road.”

For the Omokoroa intersection that would mean a grade separated interchange and local feeder roads.

“So if I wanted to drive from here (Omokoroa) to Plummers Point, I would not go onto the expressway, I would go onto the local feeder road - and not interact with the State Highway traffic.”

The population growth in Omokoroa is making the SH2 intersection too dangerous, says Murray.

Two people suffered serious injuries when two cars collided near the intersection of SH 2 and Omokoroa Road about 5pm on Saturday.

A 52-year-old man was airlifted to Waikato Hospital, where he remains today in HDU in a serious condition.

A 50-year-old Mount Maunganui woman was transported to Tauranga Hospital and remains in intensive care in a stable condition.

The regional council draft plan is open for consultation until 23 March 2018. To download a copy of the draft Plan or make a submission, visit www.boprc.govt.nz/landtransportplan

Funding decisions will be published by the NZTA in the National Land Transport Programme in August 2018.

Key dates

     23 March 2018 – Public consultation closes

    11-12 April 2018 – Hearings

    7 May 2018 – Deliberations

    8 June 2018 – Regional Transport Committee makes a recommendation on the Plan to the Regional Council

    21 June 2018 – Regional Council considers Plan for approval

    30 June 2018 – Final Plan submitted to NZ Transport Agency

    31 August 2018 – NZ Transport Agency releases National Land Transport Programme

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Outrageous

Posted on 06-03-2018 22:11 | By Gaz

It is outrageous how there is, and has been no action. People & families will continue to suffer deaths and injuries, until those in authority, decide to act to change this. It is outrageous!

meeting

Posted on 06-03-2018 16:53 | By Ness

what a waste of time these meetings are, been there in the past and nothing gets done

Te Puna Station Road needs to be closed

Posted on 06-03-2018 16:15 | By jh

Te Puna Station Road needs to be closed past Waipuna Hospice, all traffic need to use Te Puna Road and the Roundabout which was made for it to join the traffic safely and smoothly.

Planning

Posted on 06-03-2018 15:29 | By jh

Western Bay of Plenty District Council, New Zealand Transport Agency, Bay of Plenty, Regional Transport Committee, etc. Did you communicate with each other and plan ahead when the decision was made to develop Omokoroa ? At that stage roading should have been included.

... the road?

Posted on 06-03-2018 14:49 | By nickleby

For all those who keep harping on "it’s not the road, it’s the users" - yes, technically you’re right. Why build 4 lane highways, expressways or motorways at all??? Why not just let another 20 000 vehicles a day use it, and we all drive 50kph from Waihi to Tauranga. With those kind of attitudes, there would be no progess.This road isn’t designed for the extremely high number of users. Idiots exist and mistakes are made, and I would prefer to minimise my chances of being involved in those accidents, by driving on a road that is better designed for its users.

Te Puna Station Rd

Posted on 06-03-2018 14:43 | By tundra

Why is it out of all the side roads that that feed on this main Tga-Omokoroa rd have stop signs yet Te Puna Station Rd has a give way?Which I have found very view drivers exiting from it rarely even do that!Also my other issue is:They are now talking of 4 lanes from Omokoroa to Te Puna.When it is peak hour which is now becoming all day where is it that the traffic starts to back up?Te Puna!Which is normally caused by people pulling straight out and not giving way at Te Puna Station Rd.So what help is it to 4 lane it from Omkoroa toTe Puna?

agree

Posted on 06-03-2018 10:20 | By Capt_Kaveman

Simon is a waste of space, this place needs a slip lane north and a roundabout, again police not doing their job they should be looking for these idiots as there are lots of them

What

Posted on 06-03-2018 09:48 | By thebrad

Chookymac were you drop as a baby?

road

Posted on 06-03-2018 08:25 | By dumbkof2

nothing wrong with this road. i drive on it all the time. the only dangerous part is the stupid imbicilic drivers. many a time i have had them pass me on corners and past the end of passing lanes. and i drive to the speed limit or the conditions prevailing at the time. many a time i have had others pass me at a high speed, only to catch them up further along the road. just slow down,stick to the rules and everyone will arrive at their destination safe and sound

Go get him

Posted on 06-03-2018 08:03 | By Chookymac

There should be a contingent go and get Simon Bridges by the scruff of the neck and take him to these meetings and get him to answer why nothing was done when roading was his job and nothing was done and he was out holding hands with John Key and now he is (so help me)head of the National Party.With that record Me’s thinks Labour is here to stay

Seriously

Posted on 06-03-2018 07:49 | By Loopy101

The only dangerous part of this road is the idiots that don’t know how to drive its a straight and flat road come on