28 February 2020
Mayor Steve Chadwick says today’s announcement of $14m funding to improve the Ngongotaha roundabout intersection is great news for Rotorua and particularly for our Ngongotaha community.
“We’ve all been calling for improvements to this key intersection for some time now to alleviate congestion and I look forward to seeing the detail and timing for this project.
“Good roads are a key component of enabling housing development to progress and we are advocating for this as part of the work underway on solutions to address Rotorua’s critical housing shortage.
“That includes advocating for further investment in Te Ngae Road, beyond the work that is now underway between Sala and Iles Road, to help enable development in this part of our city,” the Mayor says.
“I’m particularly pleased to receive this news following Housing Minister Megan Woods’ confirmation earlier this week that the Government is committed to investing in collaborative, locally-designed housing solutions for Rotorua in recognition of the critical issue we face.”
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today that a number of Regional roading projects that will improve safety and resilience are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.
“I spend a lot of time in the regions and one bugbear I consistently hear about is roads,” Shane Jones said.
“Officials from the Provincial Development Unit and the New Zealand Transport Agency have worked together to identify which roading improvements are ready to go but required funding.”
The North Island investment is about $62 million with seven projects selected from Northland, the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki.
The announcement includes $14 million for a project that will improve safety and reduce congestion at the Ngongotahā roundabout intersection between State Highways 5 and 36.
The funding will be used to improve safety, ease congestion and enhance accessibility. The intersection is regularly congested during morning peak-hour traffic times.
The programme of work also includes standard safety improvements along 8.1km of State Highway 5.
See media release issued by Minister Jones HERE