New speed limits proposed for Maungatapu underpass

Tauranga City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are proposing 60km/h as the safe and appropriate speed limit through the Maungatapu underpass and along the Hairini causeway.

Tauranga City Council and the Transport Agency have had a chance to see how the new road through the Maungatapu underpass is working and the speed limit now needs to be formalised.

The underpass opened on 22 June 2018 and has been operating with a 50km/h speed limit which is the default for new urban roads, says a statement from the council.

The proposal includes lowering the speed along the Hairini causeway to Turret Road from 70km/h to 60km/h to align with the speed through the underpass.

Proposed speed limit changes:

  •   •  Raise the current speed limit through the Maungatapu underpass from 50km/h to 60km/h

  •   •  Lower the current speed limit along the causeway from 70km/h to 60km/h, including the approaches to and from the SH29A Maungatapu roundabout.

  •   •  Confirm the speed limit along Welcome Bay Lane at 50km/h.

Feedback on the proposals is open until 25 November 2018. The feedback form is online at




Posted on 31-10-2018 17:20 | By dumbkof2

whose hairbrained idea is this. nobody does less than 60 so why not make it 70. no houses no intersections, so why so slow

Leave it alone

Posted on 31-10-2018 10:27 | By First Responder

Put it back to 70kph. Its a good safe road. No one travels any slower anyway. Get the consultants and engineers away from it, before they stuff it up more.


Posted on 31-10-2018 08:15 | By dumbkof2

everybody does 70 now so who is going to do 60

Just take the temporary 50 signs down.

Posted on 31-10-2018 07:55 | By DJBP

"Tauranga City Council and the Transport Agency have had a chance to see how the new road through the Maungatapu underpass is working." Yes, they will see its working, but have they observed the actual speed the traffic is doing through there? Almost no-one is doing 50kph through there. They seem to totally ignore the temporary 50 speed limit and continue to drive through there at 70. I was sticking to 50 through there, but got sick of the tailgaters, under-taking, intimidation and abuse from others who really didnt want to stick to 50, so now I just follow the traffic, what ever it is doing. There is no need to spend money on another "review", just take the temp 50 signs down.

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