Both Waipapa and Kerikeri are growing at a rapid rate, with Waipapa providing commercial facilities for the surrounding area.
The current intersection at the corner of SH10 and Waipapa Road does not allow traffic to flow onto and off the state highway safely and efficiently, particularly at peak times.
The area is also unappealing to pedestrians and cyclists due to the speed of motorists and a lack of safe access or crossing points.
Waipapa is on the Twin Coast Discovery Route and connects important tourist attractions in the North. The current intersection presents an increasingly significant constraint to visitor movements.
A single lane roundabout will be built at the intersection of SH10 with Waipapa Road and Waipapa Loop Road.
Maritime Lane will be extended so it joins Klinac Lane. This will provide an alternative route between the southern and northern sections of the township and will help balance traffic flow onto the roundabout.
A bridge will be built over the Whiriwhiritoa Stream on Maritime Lane.
The project will provide improved pathways and crossing points for people wanting to walk or cycle through or around the township.
Waipapa Loop Road will be closed to the state highway at the northern end to prevent unsafe traffic movement onto the state highway at this point. A carpark will be created at the end of Waipapa Loop Road, with pedestrian access to the shops on SH10.
Waipapa’s entire stormwater system will be replaced and improved. The current system has reached the end of its asset life.
Power cables will be moved underground into shared service trenches, where fibre optic cable will also be laid to enable residents and businesses to connect to ultra-fast broadband.
The SH10 Waipapa Corridor Improvements will:
- make it safer for traffic to turn at the intersection of SH10 and Waipapa Road
- reduce peak time congestion and vehicle queuing at the intersection
- help slow traffic through Waipapa town centre
- improve and promote safer, more appealing cycling and pedestrian access.
The project will support the growth of Waipapa, helping create jobs for local communities.
By making it safer and easier to move through the intersection, the project will also improve the experience of people heading to or from Kerikeri along Waipapa Road or travelling the Twin Coast Discovery Route. This supports Northland’s tourism industry and broader economic development.
Early works started in October 2019.
We are aiming to have the roundabout portion of the project complete in December 2020.
The rest of the works are due for completion in April 2021.
$9 million of the estimated project cost will come from the Provincial Growth Fund.
$15.5 million will come from the National Land Transport Fund.