New Zealand to invest $194m to upgrade road infrastructure

WCN Editorial Team 29 Apr 2016 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The government of New Zealand is set to invest NZD278m ($193.7m) to upgrade the State Highway 2.

 
The project will take place between Pokeno and the SH25 intersection and will include the widening of 32km of the original road into three lanes, with two of them reserved for traffic heading west towards Auckland.

In addition to the extra lane, a new roundabout will be built and four interchanges separating state highway and local traffic will be constructed.

It will also be future-proofed, allowing the road to become four lanes if required.

Work is set to start on the design, consents and property purchase for a long-term overhaul of the road that will be carried out in five stages over several years.

New Zealand transport minister Simon Bridges said: “These upgrades will help ease congestion and improve journey predictability, making a huge difference for the local community, the freight industry and for people travelling north after a weekend on the Coromandel.”

Construction work is anticipated to start in 2017/18.
 

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