New roundabout for Te Puna

A new roundabout will be built at a busy intersection on State Highway 2 in Te Puna.

NZ Transport Agency today confirmed Opus Consultants have been awarded the design contract to upgrade the intersection of SH2 at Minden Road. 

A roundabout has been identified as the best option.

A new roundabout will be installed at this intersection in Te Puna.

NZTA BOP Highways manager Brett Gliddon says traffic volumes are expected to increase with the predicted residential and commercial growth in the area and this will lead to more traffic using the SH2 Minden Road/Te Puna Road intersection.

“With the initial investigation complete, the project will move to the next stage with Opus undertaking the detailed design and has a contract value of $135k.

“Funding and timings for construction will be confirmed later in the year.”

This intersection upgrade will provide safety benefits for SH2 motorists and the wider Te Puna community, says Brett. 

NZTA is working closely with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to ensure the various community interest groups are informed and consulted.


Safety First

Posted on 11-03-2014 14:42 | By jotga

I have been a resident that uses this intersection for over 25 years and have seen many accidents and close calls. Cars and trucks travel through there at high speed which causes a build up of traffic waiting, which in turn creates impatience, frustration and unnecessary risks. The fact that vehicles using the petrol station are also exiting there as well, some even traveling in the wrong direction. You only need to sit at the hall on a rainy day when vision is impaired to see why there is an URGENT need for this roundabout. I am certain that I do not stand alone in saying that a life is worth far more than a few dollars.

Why the Round-a-bout?

Posted on 11-03-2014 08:43 | By Mary Faith

The Northern by-pass route planned to by-pass Te Puna village will negate the need for this round-a-bout. So why spend a huge sum to do it now?


Posted on 10-03-2014 22:46 | By Capt_Kaveman

long as its better built than the horrible Bethlehem one

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