Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Connect Rotorua

29 September 2022


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Welcome to the koanga/spring Connect Rotorua pānui (newsletter). This pānui is our place to share updates on Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency projects being planned or underway in the Rotorua Lakes District.

Connect Rotorua is a programme of work to improve the Rotorua transport network. We’re creating a safe and sustainable network to support your community wellbeing and make daily journeys more enjoyable.



New permanent speed limits for State Highway 5 and State Highway 30 in Rotorua.

Speed review urban Rotorua

Waka Kotahi is committed to Road to Zero, a vision for Aotearoa New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

Following consultation in March and April 2021, Waka Kotahi has set new permanent speed limits for State Highway 5 and State Highway 30, in Rotorua.

From Monday 3 October 2022 the new permanent speed limits will be in place.

Safe speeds save lives and when speeds are safe for the road, simple mistakes are less likely to end in tragedy.

During consultation we heard people tell us it’s unsafe between the Hemo roundabout and Waipā State Mill Road and near Whakarewarewa School. We also heard, and agree with the feedback, the area by the Rotorua Airport isn’t as developed, so the speed limit will remain at 80km/h until things change in the future.

More information on the permanent speed limits and our consultation summary, including the submissions can be found at nzta.govt.nz/BOP-speed-reviews.



A blessing marks the start of works at Te Ngae Junction

Te Ngae Junction safety work underway

When finished, Te Ngae Junction will be a much safer intersection and we have our team out there now preparing for the earthworks and construction of a roundabout.

The new roundabout at the State Highway 30/State Highway 33 intersection will help protect people on the road by lowering the risk of a high impact crash.

Roundabouts reduce the number of places where you could potentially collide with another vehicle, and if you do, the angle and impact speed are more forgiving than other intersection layouts. Roundabouts can reduce crashes resulting in deaths and serious injuries by up to 75 percent.

In preparation for the roundabout earthworks, the team has removed trees and cleared vegetation, and located and moved services such as fibre and power. They’re now widening the road to make room for where the roundabout will go. Following this, the programme includes laying new drains, constructing a retaining wall to support the roundabout and then laying a new road surface, building the kerbs and traffic island, and installing the roadside barriers, street lighting, signs and road markings.

Now that the programme has been confirmed, and suppliers and contractors locked in, we expect the new roundabout to be operating by mid-2023.

Frequently asked questions

Project information sheet



Shared path from Rangitaitaia Road towards Hamurana Road

SH33 safety improvements and Ōkere Falls to Mourea pathway

Work on these important safety improvements continue with the team progressing with the shoulder widening and roadside barrier installation near the Sun Valley Curves passing lane. You can expect to see activity in this area for the next nine months while they complete the upgrade to this section.

The shared path between Ōkere Falls and Hamurana Road is just about finished with two out of four pedestrian islands now in place, and 150m of kerbing to be installed along the roadside. The 3.5km shared path to the Mourea Bridge is mostly complete with some new signs and road marking left to go in. We appreciate your patience while this work has been underway.

For more information on these projects visit nzta.govt.nz/sh33-te-ngae-to-paengaroa.



New footpath between Iles and Basley Roads

SH30/Te Ngae Road Eastside upgrades in full swing

Since major works of the SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage Two project started in mid-June, a lot of work has been completed in the first section of the project – between Iles and Basley Roads.

Most of this work is happening underground, and needs to be completed before we can undertake the actual transport upgrades such as new footpaths, on-road cycle lanes, intersections and roads. It’s a crucial element of the project and supports futureproofing the Eastside area.

The team have worked along the lakeside of SH30/Te Ngae Road between Iles and Basley Roads and completed the upgrade of the new stormwater system, watermain and the undergrounding of services including power, water and fibre in this area. Most of the footpath upgrade has also been completed in this section, which is now open to pedestrians.

Services have also been undergrounded at Basley Road, Owhatiura Drive and Melrose Avenue. The team is now installing the new stormwater pipes, catch pits and manholes up the southern side of SH30/Te Ngae Road.

The upgrade work on SH30/Te Ngae Road, between Iles Road and Puketāwhero Park, has started with works to allow widening of the road. This includes removing the existing berm and footpath, digging a trench to relocate services and undergrounding existing overhead power lines in this area. This also includes installing new watermains on behalf of Rotorua Lakes Council.

Did you know: We have completed nearly 1km of the shared service trench and laid 2.7km of ducting.



Lanes were shifted to make room for work to upgrade the footpath on the eastern side of SH30/Te Ngae Road

We continue to apply what we learned from the Stage One works and are only working in one area at a time, to keep disruption to a minimum. While this means we might be a bit longer in the area, there will be less impact on everyone using the road.

Several major changes took place recently, moving the traffic safety barriers and on-road cycle lane from the eastbound to the westbound lane of SH30/Te Ngae Road. By the end of this week, the footpath from Basley Road to Tennyson Drive will be open, and the temporary pedestrian crossing at the SH30/Te Ngae Road and Basley Road intersection will be relocated to the city end of Puketāwhero Park. These temporary shifts ensure the local community, people travelling and the project team are able to work and travel safely and efficiently while this work is underway.

People are asked to take extra care when travelling through the site by following the temporary speed limit, traffic management and directions from the team.

Looking ahead

Between Iles Road and Basley Road we are now focusing on the western side of the road, upgrading of the new stormwater system, watermain and the undergrounding of services including power, water and fibre. Once this is completed, we will stabilise and resurface the first section of road with asphalt.

We would like to thank the community for your patience and understanding while we’re futureproofing the way to move around Eastside.

Find out more about the upgrade at nzta.govt.nz/eastern-corridor-stage2



Renewals planned in the Rotorua area (Blue = chipseal, pink = asphalt, purple = rehabilitation)

Maintenance – Potholes and renewals

This winter saw a number of heavy rain events that affected the Bbay of Plenty and other areas of the country, leading to more potholes than previous years, including across the Rotorua district.

As we are challenged with more intense weather events and increasing demand on the road, we continue to be committed to maintaining and operating a safe and accessible network.

Potholes occur when significant rainfall penetrates the road surface and causes degradation, which is then compounded by heavy vehicle movements. Contractor crews monitor the network regularly and fix potholes at the first available opportunity after they are reported.

The good news is as we move into the warmer, drier months we are able to start resealing and rebuilding roads. This summer will see approximately 25 lane kilometres of road renewal taking place within the Rotorua District. Key works include asphalt work on SH30A outside Trade Centra and between Fenton and Ranolf Streets, and a complete rebuild of the road just north of the airport.

Early in 2023 there will be maintenance work undertaken on the Utuhina Stream Bridge, which will see the number of available lanes reduced for a period of time.

For all works, we will provide more specific information closer to the time, including timing of and how your travel may be impacted.

Find out more at journeys.nzta.govt.nz/bay-of-plenty/roadworks



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