Government confirms Bayfair underpass to go ahead
The Government has confirmed that the much debated Bayfair Underpass will be going ahead.
Following "thorough investigations by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency", Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter has confirmed an underpass for people walking and cycling will be part of the Baypark to Bayfair Link project in Tauranga.
“I’m very pleased to announce that the underpass will be going ahead,” says Julie Anne Genter.
“The underpass will be situated north of the new Bayfair roundabout, providing an uninterrupted separated walking and cycling route between Matapihi, Bayfair and Arataki.
“This will provide a quick and safe way for students, retirees and the general public to get across the highway on foot and by bike or scooter.
“I would like to acknowledge the strong advocacy from the community on this project. You have made a real difference."
Back in August 2019, a protest was organised to save the current underpass from being taken away.
The Bayfair Underpass Alliance was formed to ensure the current pedestrian underpass is maintained at the Bayfair roundabout on the Baylink Project.
“I would also like to thank Waka Kotahi for working hard to find a solution. While this adds cost to the project, it shows safety and access for our more vulnerable road users is a priority," says Julie Anne.
The Bay Link project will complete the Bay of Plenty’s Eastern Corridor and improve safety, provide better walking and cycling connections and enhance access to accommodate for growth.