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The Pāpāmoa East Interchange

Construction of a new interchange over the Tauranga Eastern Link will see Pāpāmoa East connected to the motorway and enable further development of the area.

Lane closures for Pāpāmoa East Interchange construction

There will be a one lane closure heading eastbound towards Paengaroa for up to five days, to install a permanent guard rail on the seaward side of the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road.

Lane closure details

 

Tauranga is growing and changing fast. The coastal fringe is expected to grow significantly over the next 40 years, reaching up to 30,000 people by 2060. This includes more people and more traffic to get people to where they want to go.

We are committed to developing ‘liveable communities’ that ensure people are optimally connected to the places they live, learn, work and play.

To unlock development at Pāpāmoa East and allow further growth at Golden Sands and Wairākei, we will be constructing a new interchange at the eastern end of Te Okuroa Drive, to provide access to the motorway.

This interchange will enable faster travel between neighbourhoods in Pāpāmoa East and Tauranga city centre, Mount Maunganui and Te Puke for people choosing travel by car. It will also provide a connection to the Rangiuru Business Park once that is operational.

The intersection will be constructed across the Tauranga Eastern Link/State Highway 2 (SH2), east of Wairakei neighbourhood, linking Te Okuroa Drive and future Sands Avenue. Earthworks to prepare for construction start in mid-July 2022 and the interchange is scheduled to be ready for use early 2026.

Artists impression of the new Pāpāmoa East Interchange

Artist impression of the Pāpāmoa East Interchange

Why is this important?

Over the past few years, development in Pāpāmoa East has increased pressure on Tara Road as the main connection to SH2. This project will provide residents in the area with an alternative route and enable further development in Pāpāmoa East which helps support Tauranga’s growth. The Pāpāmoa East Interchange will ensure the community is connected to opportunities to live and work within parameters as defined by Smartgrowth’s UFTI.

Partners

This project is a collaboration between Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency with support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council. The work is guided by designers Bloxam Burnett & Olliver (BBO) and construction of the first phase of works is in the hands of HEB Construction Ltd.

We are also working with our iwi partners Te Kapu o Waitaha, Tapuika Iwi Authority, Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore Trust and Te Rununga o Ngāti Whakaue ki Maketū. This partnership includes capturing and documenting stories from tangata whenua that relate to the area and its history and cultural monitoring during the early phases of earth works.

Construction stages

As some of the construction site is on farmland, which was part of the Kaituna wetlands, earthworks need to allow nine months for settlement. This work is set to start in July 2022. Construction of the interchange itself is likely to commence in mid-2023 and conclude early 2026.

Stage 1

Earth works, expected to take from mid-July 2022 to April 2023. This includes:

  • A nine metre high embankment – forming the westbound (Tauranga) exit and entry ramps of the interchange
  • Installing three culverts, including one under the Tauranga Eastern Link, and culvert extensions
  • Installing flexible safety barriers and widening the southern side of Tauranga Eastern Link
  • Earthworks to build a stormwater retention pond, swales and connecting drains

Stage 2

Te Okuroa Drive extension – start early 2023.

This phase includes construction of Te Okuroa Drive leading up to and including the intersection with The Sands Avenue. This work is currently in detailed design and dependent on funding through the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Stage 3

Pāpāmoa East Interchange and The Sands Avenue construction - leading north to the intersection with Te Okuroa Drive. Construction expected to start mid-2023 and go through until early 2026.

Location

The intersection will be constructed over the Tauranga Eastern Link (SH2), east of Wairakei neighbourhood, linking Te Okuroa Drive and future Sands Avenue.

Papmoa East Interchange location

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Timeline

  • Phase 1 - Earth works

    July 2022 to April 2023
  • Phase 2 - Te Okuroa Drive extension

    Early 2023 to early 2024
  • Phase 3 - Pāpāmoa East Interchange and Sands Avenue construction

    Mid 2023 to early 2026

Common questions

The Pāpāmoa East Interchange is a full diamond intersection, providing access to the Tauranga Eastern Link from the neighbourhoods at Pāpāmoa East which improves connections for these communities with Tauranga CBD, Mount Maunganui and Te Puke as well as the wider region.

Construction of the Pāpāmoa East Interchange will be constructed in three phases. The start of earthworks is scheduled for early July, which will be executed by our contractor HEB Construction limited. Earthworks are necessary to ensure a stable foundation on land that is currently very boggy.

Once earthworks and preparatory works are concluded, the next phase will see the construction of an extension to Te Okuroa Drive, with the final phase finishing the construction of the interchange and building a connection between Sands Avenue and Te Okuroa Drive. We expect the interchange to open early 2026.

We want to ensure communities out east are connected to opportunities for work and play at less than 45 minutes from home. The new interchange will provide increased capacity and connectivity to support the traffic demands associated with the development of Pāpāmoa East.

New Zealand’s population is growing and we are experiencing a nationwide shortage in housing. The government is asking Tauranga City Council to enable the construction of 11,000 homes to accommodate population growth. To facilitate this development, Tauranga City Council have received funding for the Pāpāmoa East Interchange through the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

The costs estimate for the construction of the Pāpāmoa East Interchange is $90m. Tauranga City Council have received funding for the construction of the Pāpāmoa East Interchange through the Housing Infrastructure Fund

The Housing Infrastructure Fund is a ten-year interest free loan. The partners will need to pay off the load at the end of the ten years. Approximately 51% of this loan will be covered by Waka Kotahi and 49% will be covered by Tauranga City Council (TCC). TCC will be seeking other funding opportunities to cover the costs of construction. This includes Developer Contributions, Infrastructure Funding and Financing and rates.

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