$12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme - NZ Roads are loving election year.
Posted: 04-Mar-2020 |


The numbers are staggering but upgrades for West Coast ports and roads, North Island Regional Roads and South Island Roads are sure to garner votes. The $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced last month allocated $300 million for regional investment opportunities, to be administered by the Provincial Development Unit.


West Coast ports and roads will benefit from an investment of $18.6 million to improve safety and resilience and enable future economic growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.

"The operation of the ports has been heavily impacted over recent years by declines in key sectors on the West Coast, including forestry and mining," Shane Jones said. "The West Coast owned and operated fishing fleet has a relatively small share of the local fishing market but there is potential to expand the region's fishing sector through today's investments and utilise the ports for other sectors. The ports are currently a financial burden for the respective owners and ratepayers and there is little ability to fund improvements from the small ratepayer base. This is a major barrier to getting the ports into a financially sustainable position and capable of contributing to economic growth opportunities.

West Coast ports will receive a $8.5 million funding package to help secure the region's fishing industry and restore the financial sustainability of its ports. West Coast state highways will receive $10.1 million to improve safety and resilience.

$5 million for safety retrofit upgrades for up to six single lanes bridges on State Highway 73 and 6. $3.6 million for State Highway 67 seawall protection at Granity. $1.5 million for a cycle and walkway clip-on to the State Highway 6 Tatare Bridge at Franz Josef.

NZ Upgrade On North Island Regional Roads - Regional roading projects that will improve safety and resilience are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.

"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. I'm pleased to announce $88.25 million on a major accelerated road investment plan with construction able to get underway on some projects by the end of August. The North Island investment is about $62 million with seven projects selected from Northland, the Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay and Taranaki."

SH1/11 Kawakawa – Roundabout & Resilience Project $6 million. SH 11/10 Intersection Puketona Junction Roundabout $15 million. SH 12 and Rawene Road – Intersection Improvements $500,000. Bay of Plenty SH 5 Tarukenga to Ngongotaha Improvements, SH 36 & SH 5 Roundabout $14 million. Hawke's Bay SH 2 College Road to Silverstream $13 million. SH 2 Tahaenui Bridge $1.2 million. Taranaki SH 43 Forgotten World Highway Improvements $13.4 million.

PGF funded sealing of the unsealed section of the Tangarakau Gorge is expected to drive GDP gains into Taranaki of up to $45 million over 40 years. The projects are forecast to increase visitor numbers to Taranaki by around 13,000 annually.

NZ Upgrade On South Island Roads - Safety and climate change resilience are behind South Island regional roading projects that are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.

"I'm pleased to announce $88.25 million on a major accelerated road investment plan with construction able to get underway on some projects by the end of August. The South Island investment is about $25 million with six projects selected from West Coast to Canterbury."

West Coast - SH 67 Granity Seawall $3.6 million. SH 6 Tatare Bridge Franz Josef Safety Improvements $1.5 million. West Coast State Highway Single Lane Bridges - Safety Retrofit $5 million. SH1 north of Kakanui River/ South of Oamaru – Improving Flood mitigation $2 million. SH 6 - SH8B Junction Cromwell – Intersection Upgrade $8 million. Canterbury
SH 8, 79, 80 MacKenzie Basin, Pull-Over Areas $5 million


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