Eastern Bay of Plenty to get $11.7 million in safer roads

Whakatane news
Thursday, June 23, 2016

East Coast MP Anne Tolley has welcomed the Government’s announcement to tackle some of the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s most dangerous roads.

“Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Minister Craig Foss have today announced that four roads in the East Coast electorate will receive upgrades worth more than $11.7 million,” Mrs Tolley says.

“We know that eight out of 10 fatal and serious injury crashes on state highways occur on rural roads and 85 to 90 per cent of those are head on or where the driver runs off the road.”

The identified upgrades are:

  • State Highway 30 from Te Teko to Awakeri - $3.6 million for side barriers to be installed and a wider centreline in sections. Shoulders will also be widened in some areas and rumble strips applied.
  • State Highway 34 – 30 to Kawerau - $625,000 for rumble strips along centrelines and edgelines and side barriers to be installed in high-risk areas.
  • State Highway 33 – Sun Valley to Paengaroa – up to $6 million following a completed investigation improvements could include side barriers in high risk locations, rumble strips along edgelines and improved signage.
  • State Highway 2 – Wainui Road to Opotiki – up to $1.5 million following a completed investigation improvements could include side barriers in high risk locations, rumble strips along edgelines and improved signage.

“Investing more than $11.7 million into the safety of Eastern Bay of Plenty roads demonstrates the Government’s commitment to reducing death and serious injuries crashes on New Zealand roads,” Mrs Tolley says.

“Work on the first project is expected to start in August 2016, with others starting later this year and mid next year.”