Route prob­lems

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice -

One rea­son why there will con­tinue to be talk but no ac­tion by NZTA (NZ Trans­port Agency) on SH2 be­tween Tau­ranga and Katikati is that the route goes across the grain of the coun­try. Be­tween Beth­le­hem and Omoko­roa it crosses at least 12 streams or swampy gul­lies, and there are 12 more to reach Katikati. So build­ing roads to modern spec­i­fi­ca­tions will in­volve nasty geotech prob­lems and will be ex­tremely ex­pen­sive.

In re­cent years the only sig­nif­i­cant projects that NZTA has com­pleted are the Te Puna round­about and re­con­struc­tion of the pass­ing lane north of Wainui South Rd, low hang­ing fruit with­out ma­jor geotech prob­lems. But any talk of com­plet­ing four lanes to Katikati is just wish­ful think­ing, with no hope of re­al­i­sa­tion in the next decade, if ever. The only pro­ject giv­ing early ben­e­fits to through traf­fic and to lo­cals is the Katikati by­pass, of enor­mous im­por­tance to our com­mu­nity, and with so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits that are out­side the think­ing of the traf­fic en­gi­neers of NZTA. ALAN GOODYEAR

On­gare Point

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