MAJOR UPGRADES, RESTORATION AND BEAUTIFICATION, 2015-2017
When the Tauranga Eastern Link opened in August 2015 it became State Highway 2. This meant the section of 'old state highway' known as the Te Puke Corridor had to become a local road, owned and operated by Council. We now know this road as Te Puke Highway.
As part of the handover process, the NZ Transport Agency and Council agreed to a programme of works throughout Te Puke to:
- Make the Te Puke Highway fit for purpose as an important local road
- Improve the safety, aesthetics and functionality of the town centre.
Physical Works on the highway began in January 2016 and will be complete by the end of 2017. The majority of work is being funded by the Transport Agency as part of the agreement.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Te Puke residents and users of Te Puke Highway may find it challenging at times as works are progressed. There will be on-going delays at various locations along the highway as work takes place. The level of delay will vary depending on the depth of work involved.
Road conditions will also vary and at times be bumpy. Motorists should drive with caution and allow a little extra time for travelling where possible.
Ultimately residents and road users will enjoy improved roads, intersections and a better town centre environment, at little cost to ratepayers.
Te Puke Town Centre Changes Survey - Key Research
Council reviewed the speed limits along the stretch of State Highway 2, known as the Te Puke Corridor, from Domain Road roundabout to Paengaroa. After consulting the public in depth, Council's Operations Committee decided to retain the 100km/h speed limits on the rural stretches of road.
Councillors unanimously decide on 'Te Puke Highway' as the name for both sections of road either side of Jellicoe Street.
Tauranga Eastern Link opens and becomes State Highway 2 – Te Puke Highway becomes a local road.
New speed restrictions come in effect.
Concept and design work for road reconstruction, town centre upgrade and Waitangi upgrades underway and ongoing.
Gerrands Entrance to Poplar Lane: Road reconstruction/resealing*
No1 Road to Waiari Bridge: Road reconstruction/resealing.
Bell Road to Poplar Lane: Road reconstruction.
Affco intersection: Road reconstruction/resealing.
Collins Lane to Quarry Road: Contractors repairing road.
Northern Entrance Construction: beautification of area between the old Te Puke railway station and Raparapa Stream Bridge. Includes plantings, grass and shrubs, curb lining.
1 September – 30 November
Te Puke Town Centre Upgrade – Option 3A includes changing town centre into a single lane each way, demerging into two lanes at 40m either side of the roundabouts. New roundabout at Boucher Avenue, additional pedestrian crossings and other changes included. Read more about the upgrade.
Long Swamp Road: Road reconstruction/resealing.
Showground Road intersection to end of Te Puke Highway: Road reconstruction/resealing- Starts December 2016 with an estimated finish time February 2017.
No1 Road intersection: Safety improvements on track to be complete before Christmas 2016.
January-July ALL COMPLETED
Waitangi township: Road reconstruction/resealing. Includes signage, additional road markings, and safety improvements for pedestrians and traffic such as electronic school safety signs. - begining Febuary 2017
May-August ALL COMPLETED
Further Te Puke town improvements (new large signage at entry points where 100km/h speed restriction becomes 70km/h)
Wide centreline project (proposed) for rural sections of Te Puke Highway from Domain Rd roundabout to Paengaroa.
Quarry Road and No3 Road intersections: safety improvements and resurfacing- works begin November 2016 to be completed February 2017.
March-October ALL COMPLETED
New roundabout at the intersection of Te Puke Highway and Welcome Bay Road constructed – Transport Agency-owned project. Expected completion, October 2017
Te Puke Town Centre Changes Survey, conducted by Key Research.
TIMING TO BE CONFIRMED:
Manoeka Road intersection area: Barrier protection works.
Slow vehicle passing lanes under review for Te Puke Highway in vicinity of Manoeka Road and south of Kaituna Bridge.
Pah Road - Underslip repair investigation.
Te Puke Highway underpass steel barrier repair (near Affco).