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A $9 million joint venture between NCC, NZTA and Hawke's Bay Airport which created a new - and far safer - entry to the airport. It opened in September 2018.

Planning started: 2005
Construction expected to commence: April 2017
Construction completed: June 2018

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:

NZTA $5.528m
NCC $2.000m
HBAL $1.500m
TOTAL $9.028m

These costs exclude design and consenting costs, which are being met by NZTA directly.


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