Ford Road Extension
Planning Started: 2006
Construction Started: June 2014
Completed: Completed March 2015
Started in June 2014 after detailed design work, the Ford Road extension project was completed in March 2015.
The extension consists of a road link between Prebensen Drive and the Onekawa industrial area. The road extends Ford Road from a point near Waitane Place to the existing roundabout on Prebensen Drive at Severn Street.
As well as bringing major safety improvements at the Austin Street intersection (which will become left-in, left-out only) the new link improves access to the Onekawa industrial area and provides a good cross-connection to the Pandora industrial area.
The idea for the Ford Road extension emerged in conjunction with the Prebensen Drive four laning project and quickly established a strong economic case even as a stand-alone project. Planning began in earnest in 2006 and in the following years designation was lodged, land was purchased and resource consent obtained for the new stream crossing.
Fulton Hogan Ltd was the construction contractor and the approximate total cost of the project is $2.2 millon.
The extension is a sustainable, safe and efficient route that will significantly improve access between the Onekawa and Pandora large format retail and industrial areas and the Hawke’s Bay Expressway, Port of Napier and central Napier.
It also complies with design guidelines for state highways.
Consultation started with affected landowners in January 2006. Wider consultation encompassed the community, particularly road user groups, statutory organisations, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Napier City Council also consulted with Ngāti Kahungunu.
Having gone through this process, the designation for the road works was confirmed in the District Plan.
The photograph shows the completed Ford Road extension leading to the roundabout at Prebensen Drive (at the bottom of the photograph) - photo credit Above Hawke's Bay.