New speed limits proposed for Maungatapu underpass

Tauranga City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are proposing 60km/h as the safe and appropriate speed limit through the Maungatapu underpass and along the Hairini causeway.

Tauranga City Council and the Transport Agency have had a chance to see how the new road through the Maungatapu underpass is working and the speed limit now needs to be formalised.

The underpass opened on 22 June 2018 and has been operating with a 50km/h speed limit which is the default for new urban roads, says a statement from the council.

The proposal includes lowering the speed along the Hairini causeway to Turret Road from 70km/h to 60km/h to align with the speed through the underpass.

Proposed speed limit changes:

  •   •  Raise the current speed limit through the Maungatapu underpass from 50km/h to 60km/h

  •   •  Lower the current speed limit along the causeway from 70km/h to 60km/h, including the approaches to and from the SH29A Maungatapu roundabout.

  •   •  Confirm the speed limit along Welcome Bay Lane at 50km/h.

Feedback on the proposals is open until 25 November 2018. The feedback form is online at



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