Some of New Zealand’s largest road projects have taken place in Tauranga, reflecting its local and national importance as a strategic transportation corridor for the Bay of Plenty region. The Tauranga Eastern Link and Tauranga Harbour Link projects are great examples of AECOM’s cross-disciplinary skills, capabilities and collaborative working.
The multi-award winning Tauranga Harbour Link was, at the time of completion in 2009, one of New Zealand’s largest road projects. As the Principal Consultant for the design and construction phases of Stage 2, we were responsible for structural, civil and geometric design of the main alignment, ramps and local road connections. In spite of the uniquely challenging conditions, including heavily congested and environmentally sensitive areas, the project was still completed three months early, with minimal traffic disruption and under budget.
The Bay of Plenty’s largest road project, the Tauranga Eastern Link, is a highway recognised by the New Zealand Government as a Road of National Significance and a key strategic transport corridor for the region. When complete, it will enable more direct access to the Port of Tauranga, reduce congestion and travelling times, and increase safety. Due for completion in 2015, the 23km four-lane median-divided highway includes approximately 550,000m² of new road, over 3,000,000m³ of earth moved, seven bridges and extensive landscaping involving the planting of approximately 300,000 native plants.