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Variation to the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25 (RLTP)

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The Minister of Transport, the Hon. Simon Bridges, recently announced, as part of Matariki: The Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy, the availability of funding for substantial improvements to the HB Expressway between Paki Paki and the Watchman Road intersection. A $10-12 million package of work is proposed, consisting of targeted seal widening, roadside and median barriers and slip lanes/extensions to merge lanes at the Evenden Rd, Omahu Rd and Prebensen Drive roundabouts. The aim is to improve the safety and efficiency of the HB Expressway and access to the Port of Napier.

These proposals constitute a significant variation to the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25. The Regional Transport Committee is seeking the views of the public on how well these contribute to the key objectives of the Regional Land Transport Plan -

  1. A safe, resilient and efficient transport system that supports the development of our economy and contributes to social well-being in our community
  2. A reduction in the risk of death or serious injury on Hawke’s Bay roads.

The proposed improvements make up a $10-12 million package of work on the Hawke’s Bay Expressway between Pakipaki and the intersection with Watchman Road/State Highway 2 near the Hawke’s Bay Airport. The improvements will consist of targeted seal widening, roadside and median barriers and slip lanes or extensions to merge lanes at the Evenden Rd, Omahu Rd and Prebensen Drive roundabouts.  The aim of the package is to improve the safety and efficiency of the Expressway and improve access to the Port of Napier. This work will not use funds that are already targeted for other roading improvements in the region.

If you wish to make a submission on how these Hawke’s Bay Expressway safety and efficiency improvements will contribute to the objectives of the Regional Land Transport Plan, you can do this online below or by emailing transport@hbrc.govt.nz or write to Transport Submissions, Freepost 313, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Private Bag 6006, Napier.  Please indicate whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission. The Regional Transport Committee will hear submissions on 18 November 2016. Submissions close at 5pm on 28 October 2016.

If you would like to know more about the proposals, please contact Wayne Oldfield,  Highway Manager, NZ Transport Agency, wayne.oldfield@nzta.govt.nz, 06 974 5511. You can find more information about the proposal here.

The public can make comment online by 5pm 28 October 2016 below.

Make a submission

7 October 2016

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