Planning started: 2005
Construction expected to commence: October 2016
Construction completed: March 2017
Napier City Council has partnered with New Zealand Transport Agency and Hawke’s Bay Airport to fund a major upgrade of the State Highway 2/Watchman Road intersection, to make it safer and more streamlined.
Currently, the intersection – as well as the SH2 / Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited (HBAL) access intersection – is unsafe and results in motorists taking more risk than is deemed appropriate.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), who is leading the project, has developed a project solution that meets the safe system approach to high risk roads and future proofs the network for expected growth.
The upgrade includes construction of a roundabout, which will include a new entrance and exit to the airport, a widening of Watchman Road and a new road within the Airport complex that will collectively deliver a significant improvement to motorists using the airport, local roads and state highway.
The total project construction cost is currently estimated to be $9m, made up of the following components:
These costs exclude design and consenting costs, which are being met by NZTA directly.