Bay of Plenty Regional Council is welcoming the news that construction on the Tauranga Northern Link is scheduled to start later this year.
The project is expected to be completed by late 2025 and will include priority lanes for public transport.
Regional Transport Committee chairman Lyall Thurston says the Tauranga Northern Link will help make the roads safer, less congested and more sustainable.
He says the work will create a large number of jobs for the region which is much needed as the country recovers from COVID-19.
Regional Transport Committee Chairman and Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor, Lyall Thurston. Image: Regional Council.
“We continue to support local and district councils with their identified projects and priorities and Regional recovery must be co-developed in collaboration with people from all sectors of the community.”
The Tauranga Northern Link corridor is a key part of the Bay of Plenty’s SmartGrowth strategy and has all consenting and route designation completed.
The $478 million project will construct a 6.8km four-lane corridor connecting SH29 with SH2, with priority for public transport and a walking and cycling path.
The Tauranga Northern Link will run from the SH2/SH29 intersection through to the Minden intersection near Te Puna.
The Tauranga Northern Link is one of a number of projects that have been given the green light as part of Waka Kotahi NZTA's $3 billion worth of NZ Upgrade Programme projects
The TNL corridor is a key part of the Bay of Plenty’s SmartGrowth strategy and has all consenting and route designation completed.
The new corridor will provide safer, more resilient access from Tauranga to one of the country’s highest growth areas. Construction is scheduled to start later this year, and be completed by late 2025.