The NZ Transport Agency is inviting cyclists to be the first users of the new Pyes Pa Bypass this Saturday by opening it for them ahead of its opening for motor vehicles.
The official opening of the bypass by Transport Minister Steven Joyce is at 10am on Saturday, June 4, and cyclists will be able to ride there unhindered by motor vehicles that morning.
NZ Transport Agency acting state highway manager Richard Young says the 4.5 kilometre bypass means road users will have a less congested, more direct route into the city from State Highway 36 via Route K.
He also says people living on the residential section of Pyes Pa Road will have safer local road access to their property.
“The new road will take about 1.2km off the trip to the Port of Tauranga via Route K and provide a big incentive for thousands of road users to avoid the slow haul through urban Pyes Pa and along Cameron Road,” says Richard.
The $50 million project was built and jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency, Tauranga City Council and Grasshopper Developments.
Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby says completion of the Pyes Pa bypass is another step towards a transport network that provides good inter-regional links and also supports the future growth of the Western Bay of Plenty.
“The new bypass will add to the efficiency of our roading network and will make the local section of Pyes Pa road safer for residents,” says Stuart.
“We’d like to invite locals to come and join in the festivities on Saturday – it’s going to be a great family fun day.”
The event is at 10am at The Lakes, Kennedy Road roundabout, with parking available at The Lakes Boulevard.