Whakatu Arterial Project
Hastings District Council’s Whakatu Arterial Link project will provide a strategic roading link between Havelock North, State Highway 2 north, Pakowhai Road, the Expressway and the Port of Napier.
This new link will not only support economic growth and increased productivity from the land, it will also improve safety and performance of the wider transport network.
The Heretaunga Plains Transport Study (HPTS) 2012 reviewed 30 roading projects throughout the region to consider ways of mitigating the effects of increasing traffic flow. This process identified the Whakatu Arterial project as the highest priority roading project for the region.
The arterial will present a number of opportunities to improve public safety on Pilcher Road, Napier Road, Farndon Road and for the Whakatu community, by taking heavy traffic off residential streets.
Improving roading links to the Whakatu industrial area opens up the potential for further development of a freight distribution centre which could be integrated with the existing rail network to supply the Port of Napier
This will help promote the integration of transport options and provide additional synergies for economic growth.
These matters have been taken into account from the outset through effective consultation with; the Whakatu community, business and industry groups, horticulture groups and landowners, transport groups, environmental groups and Mana whenua.
This consultation was carried out through an Enquiry by Design process. We are now in the next stages in the project program for 2013. The first stage for 2013 is the detailed Design and the Assessment of Environmental Effects.
- Issue 3: February 2013 (PDF 279 KB)
What has occured
A group of affected community members and representatives from stakeholder groups have formed the Enquiry By Design Group.
This group developed eight options for the arterial which was later refined and reduced to four options, with the aid of additional data and qualifiers.
A traffic modelling exercise was applied to these four options before an evaluation matrix was used to identify a single route as the preferred option. This option has survived the modelled tests of economics, community and road user safety, mana whenua cultural and historic values, land use effects and connectivity.
The preferred option was presented by the Enquiry By Design Group to the Hastings District Council. This option was adopted by council in August 2012. Affected landowners were consulted very early in the process and their suggestions for variations were incorporated, where possible.
Hastings District Council, on adoption of the preferred option, has directed staff to undertake a detailed design and an Assessment of Environmental Effects of the project.
This project is becoming more robust with the project team collaborating with the general public, mana whenua, landowners and the transport sector organisations.
The project team is hoping to maintain the same approach throughout the project.
A design and an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) for the Whakatu Arterial link is underway. As part of the collaborative nature of the project, the design team hopes to continue their discussions with the landowners with the hope of incorporating their aspirations into the design.
An AEE will be carried out after the design. Further steps identified along the process are:
- A lodgement of a Notice of Requirement
- Public Hearings, designation of the land
- Resource consents
- Land matters
- Contract documentation
- Enquiry by Design Stage
- Design and Assessment of Environmental Effects
- Notice of Requirement
- Public Hearings
- Designation of Land
- Resource Consents
- Land Matters
- Contract Documentation
- Award of Contract
- Construction to begin
For any questions about this project, please contact Hastings District Council's Transportation Development Engineer, Sarath Kuruwita, on phone 871 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org