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Contract for New Plymouth’s Bell Block Bypass

Transit National Office
Media Release

14 December, 2006

Transit awards contract for New Plymouth’s Bell Block Bypass

Transit New Zealand has awarded the contract for the construction of the Bell Block Bypass in New Plymouth to Whitaker Civil Engineering, enabling a start to construction in the New Year.

“We’re pleased to be able to begin construction on this $13.3M project as it means we can to take advantage of the summer construction season,” says Wanganui regional manager Errol Christiansen.

The project also includes widening of the highway up Mangaone Hill to four lanes and will enable vehicles to travel safely at 80km/h uninterrupted, immediately after the 50kph zone on the northern outskirts of the city.

“Strong growth at Bell Block is predicted to continue, particularly in the industrial area. Four lanes with a grade separated interchange are the best solution to accommodate this growth,” Mr Christiansen says.

A significant feature of the project is a full diamond interchange at Henwood Road which allows for a single direct access to Bell Block township.

Transit is working with the New Plymouth District Council to integrate the local roading network with the upgraded section of highway. The aim is to manage safety issues for access roads in the rapidly developing residential and industrial areas beyond Bell Block.

Mayor Peter Tennent has welcomed the awarding of the contract, particularly with the construction starting this summer.

“With this announcement coming now, it is like an early Christmas present for drivers, businesses and residents in Bell Block and New Plymouth,” says the Mayor.

“It will be fantastic to see work beginning on what is a vital development for the safety of residents as well as the continued growth of New Plymouth District.”


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