Changes to the Fraser Street 15th Avenue intersection, improved cycle and pedestrian access from Hairini to Burrows Street and new pedestrian and cycle crossings at Burrows Street and at the Maungatapu roundabout are among works to be explained at an open day at the Tauranga Boys’ College gym on November 12.
Busy traffic on 15th Avenue.
The changes are deemed advanced work for the next stage of the NZ Transport Agency’s Hairini Link project.
The open day between 4pm and 8pm enables those attending to view plans and speak to the project team about the range of improvements planned for the 15th Avenue/Turret Road/Hairini corridor, in advance of the proposed larger project.
NZ Transport Agency regional director Harry Wilson says the project team focused on improvements that helps children get to and from school more safely.
They have also looked at the whole corridor to see how they can create benefits for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists with improvements that do not require long consent processes.
Construction of the advanced works are planned to commence in the 2010/11 season.
The project’s long-term goal is widening 15th Avenue, Turret Road and Hairini Bridge and providing further capacity improvements at the signalised roundabouts at Maungatapu and Hairini.
“There are a number of factors that need to be carefully considered before we can confirm the timing of the long-term works,” says Harry.
“The signalisation of the Hairini roundabout system has improved some of the immediate pressure on the corridor and the completion of the Harbour Link project in December will also improve traffic flows. These factors are currently being evaluated and will be taken into consideration in the ongoing programming of the larger project.”
Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby says the Hairini Link advanced works are an important first step in a major transportation project that will have significant benefits for the city.
“Tauranga City is working in conjunction with the NZ Transport Agency to get this project underway and completed so we have better functionality along the corridor. I encourage people to go along to the information day and look over the plans.”