The new ‘Piarere to the foot of the Kaimai Range’ and ‘Tauranga to Katikati’ Roads of National Significance will be a game changer for the Bay, says local MP Todd Muller.
“The new roads are two of 10 new Roads of National Significance being committed to by National right across the country”.
“Building world-class infrastructure that will encourage economic development and regional growth is a key priority for the National-led Government” he said.
“The new roads will ensure Tauranga maintains a strong connection to Katikati, Auckland and the Waikato, offering road users a safer, more efficient route.”
“Local communities and businesses, particularly our horticultural industry, are continuing to grow strongly along the Western Bay of Plenty’s coastal peninsulas of Katikati, Omokoroa and Te Puna”.
“Improvements to SH2 between Tauranga and Katikati will support this growth and make vital improvements to one of New Zealand’s fastest growing roading corridors” Mr Muller said.
“Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland are often referred to as the ‘Golden Triangle’. This area is a high volume freight route with around 9000 vehicles, including 1300 heavy vehicles, traveling over the Kaimai Range each day”
“As our economy continues to grow, it is forecast that this number will only continue to grow. That’s why we need to invest now, in a safer road with shorter drive times, that will represent the start of what will in time become the Hamilton to Tauranga Road of National Significance”.
These 10 new Roads of National Significance are expected to cost around $10.5 billion, on top of $12 billion invested in the initial seven, that are now either complete or under construction.
“The Roads of National Significance are lead infrastructure projects meaning we are investing now to encourage future economic growth, rather than waiting until the strain on the network becomes a handbrake on progress” Mr Muller concluded.