Members of the community and from the Fix The Bloody Road group are protesting for what they say is a much needed upgrade of State Highway 2, between Katikati and Tauranga.
Taking place on Sunday September 16, they plan to block off the road from either side of the Wairoa Bridge at 3pm.
Once there is no traffic going over the bridge they plan on marching across it with signs and banners making as much noise as possible. This will go on for 30 minutes.
Andrew Hollis, who is a part of the Fix The Bloody Road group, says they want to make as much noise as possible.
“The stretch of road from the Wairoa Bridge to Katikati is the most dangerous stretch of road in regards to fatalities. Because the road isn’t up to spec it needs to be widened with four lanes and a median.
“At the moment they are just cutting bits of corners to increase visibility and putting more paint on the roads. But putting more paint on the roads doesn’t save lives.”
“Every time the siren goes at Omokoroa or Te Puna, everyone’s hearts sink because we all know so many people that live out there and we just want to know that our community is safe and it’s not at the moment. We don’t know who’s coming home or who’s not, and it would be nice for that to go away,” says Andrew.
The march is happening on the same day as Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller and National Party Transport Spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross are holding a public meeting regarding SH2.
SH2 has become a hot topic between politicians in the last couple of weeks with the blame going back and forth between parties.
The march is taking place on Sunday September 16 with organisers asking to meet at Taniwha place reserve at 2.30pm.
For more information about the march: https://www.facebook.com/events/1726994200742759
The public meeting is taking place at Omokoroa Settlers’ Hall from 4.30pm onwards.
For more information about the public meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/2152678611469642/