A public open day for Hairini Link Project options for 15th Avenue development is to be held at the Tauranga Boys' College on Wednesday, September 22.
To be known in future as Sate Highway 2A, the Hairini Link corridor is a four stage project that began in 2008 with the installation of traffic lights on the Maungatapu and Hairini roundabouts.
The Hairini Project aims to reduce congestion like this on 15th Avenue.
Stage two, the upgrade of the 15th Avenue/ Fraser Street intersection and associated improvements for cyclists and pedestrians, is due to start this month.
Stages three and four are still in the planning and consultative stages. Stage three is the four-laning of the road from the Cameron Road to the Maungatapu roundabout, including a new bridge across the Waimapu estuary. Stage four includes access improvements to Welcome Bay - popularly anticipated as a tunnel or underpass.
People attending the open day will be able to view plans and speak to the project team about the options.
The New Zealand Transport Agency's state highway manager Rod James says public feedback is an important step in developing a final recommendation.
"We've investigated a range of options and have identified some potential solutions. An important part of the next stage it is getting feedback from local residents, commuters and the wider community," says Rod.
"This feedback will be factored into developing the preferred solution, and I encourage people to go along to come to the open day to find out more about our plans."
The open day is in the Tauranga Boys' College gym (2), between 4pm and 8pm.