Omokoroa Road upgrade from State Highway 2 to the railway
UPDATE: 17 May 2018
Omokoroa Road upgrade end in sight
The Omokoroa Road upgrade has been an exceptionally complex project due to weather delays, shortage of construction crews, roundabout and intersection builds, developer requests and underground installation of multi-utility services.
However most of the road’s new pavement is expected to be completed in June. The $12.9 million project for which physical works began early in 2017, also hit setbacks with the discovery of multiple archeological sites and the removal of old, unused asbestos watermain pipes that needed specialist handling and disposal.
Underground services installed during the construction have included new water mains, gravity sewer main, stormwater main, new road culverts, communications and power cables, broadband fibre optic cabling and the relocation of sections of the Omokoroa sewer transfer main.
Works will continue until September on installing the stormwater main connection into the Kaimai Views special housing area; development of the park-n-ride near the Prole Road intersection; construction of a cycleway from SH2 to the fire station and installation of an additional sewer main to the wastewater transfer station.
UPDATE: 1 February 2018
Bad weather over winter and a shortage of specialist contractors has slowed the progress of the Omokoroa Road upgrade.
Difficulty in getting contractors specialised in upgrades (water main replacement, underground power, fibre optic cable, gravity sewer installation etc) during the Bay of Plenty’s construction boom has put the project behind schedule.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council Mayor Garry Webber says: “trying to coordinate a raft of specialists during a boom time has put the project behind but in saying that, Council’s team have continued work throughout which you can see starting to take shape now.”
- Widening the carriageway
- Creating a roundabout and new intersection for housing developments
- Building a new park and ride area and improving the safety of the Prole Rd intersection
- Preparing the new road area for pavement.
Once the roundabout has been completed, the traffic flow will be redirected onto it and away from the existing road allowing the earthworks to be completed.
These earthworks will allow the remaining underground service installations to be completed.
It’s estimated the road will now be finished by the end of 2018.
Update: 12 December 2017