On Tuesday, 12 March, the Te Okuroa Drive project will reach its next milestone, with Stage D of the construction completed between The Boulevard and Livingstone Drive in Papamoa.
This new arterial road will offer a safe and easy connection between Livingstone Drive and the Parton Road/Tara Road roundabout. The completion of this key link sees a positive step forward for the management of traffic flows in the area. Te Okuroa Drive will provide an alternative link to Papamoa Beach Road, which is currently under a lot of pressure.
Papamoa residents travelling to Mount Maunganui and the city centre will benefit from the opening of the extension, especially residents living in the Golden Sands and Palm Springs areas.
Ward Councillors Leanne Brown and Steve Morris encourage people to give it a go. They have said:
“In response to the growth in Papamoa we brought this project forward by nearly five years, which was a major call at the time, particularly due to the budget involved.”
“Nearly 8500 people living in this area have been travelling on a very busy road and now we have a fit for purpose alternative road for the future.”
“Parts of Te Okuroa Drive are currently only two lanes, but they are futureproofed for four lanes should this be required. In a few years’ time, the Papamoa East Interchange will be a key entry and exit point to the state highway network. In the meantime, residents now have multiple options, and pressure will be taken off Papamoa Beach Road.”
The works have been completed by HEB Construction. Next phases of Te Okuroa Drive are:
- The section from Livingstone Drive to Stevenson Drive (Stage E) will be completed by the end of June 2019.
- Future stages of work will extend Te Okuroa Drive beyond Stevenson Drive towards Te Tumu, with an interchange to be built that will link to the state highway. These sections are in the design stage with construction of the section from Stevenson Drive to The Sands Avenue (to be delivered by a developer) likely to commence in 2021.