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Improving travel links between Papamoa and the Mount

Improving travel links between Pāpāmoa and the Mount

Intersection changes around Maranui Street, Girven Road and Oceanbeach Road will make travel between Pāpāmoa and the Mount safer and easier for all road users..

Why is change necessary?

Maranui Street, Girven Road and Oceanbeach Road are a key access route for commuters and the community to get to and from school, work, local parks, shops, the beach, or other places nearby.

Over the past few years, you’ve let us know that getting around safely and easily between Pāpāmoa and the Mount can be challenging, especially at peak times Increasing growth in the Arataki area has put a strain on the current roading infrastructure. Furthermore, Oceanbeach Road is becoming a common link for active path users between the new beach pathways located along Pāpāmoa Beach Road and Marine Parade.

A safety review supports the need to improve the Oceanbeach Road - Girven Road intersection to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, while assisting peak hour traffic flow.

A re-designed intersection at Oceanbeach Road-Girven, a new roundabout at Girven Road-Maranui Street intersection, shared pathways and improved pedestrian crossing options will increase safety for everyone who travels through the area, no matter what mode of transport they choose.
These improvements are part of a wider effort to make Pāpāmoa, Arataki and the Mount safer for people to move about.

What changes can you expect?

Council will construct a single-lane central roundabout at the Girven–Maranui intersection and redesign Oceanbeach Road for a seamless transition to Girven Road. This will ensure a smoother journey for drivers between these three streets by removing the number of current stopping points along the main route. 

To support active path users, new shared pathway links and four pedestrian crossings will be positioned to define safe pedestrian crossing points. Three of these crossings will have central islands that divides the crossing into two movements and minimises driver disruption.

Pāpāmoa Mount Link Roundabout map

Pāpāmoa to Mount Link Roundabout map (1.5mb pdf)

How will this impact getting around in the area?

Detours will be staged in phases throughout the four-month project in an effort to minimise disruption in the area.

Phase one saw the introduction of new watermain infrastructure to replace aging pipelines.

Phase two is now focused on the intersection modifications where Maranui Street meets Girven Road. To accommodate this phase, a full road closure is in place on Girven Road between Oceanbeach Road and Maranui Street. We worked hard to prevent a full closure – however, by closing the road we can provide a safer environment for everyone and hopefully complete the work in less time. The following road closure is currently in place:

Arataki Intersections Detour Map

During the closure, drivers can use either Paterson Street or Omanu Way when heading west from Oceanbeach Road towards Bayfair and Papamoa. A detour along Paterson Street from Girven Road is in place for those travelling east towards the coast. The connection from Maranui Street to Girven Road will be closed to all traffic with detours via Seaspray Drive and Omanu Way in place.

The footpath on one side of the road will remain open with traffic controllers on hand to monitor pedestrian safety.

This detour may add a few minutes to your journey, please follow the signs and allow extra time for travel. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and your whānau.

Other work in your area – Girven Road signalised crossing

Besides the above safety improvements, construction of a new signalised shared crossing over Girven Road will start shortly. This crossing was planned as part of the ‘More ways to Move on Grenada Street’ project and has been incorporated into the safety improvements on Girven Road.

With a planned upgrade to the Arataki bus hub on Farm Street, a safe connection to Arataki Park is fundamental to people travelling between both sides of Girven Road on foot or by bike. The map below shows the location of the new crossing.

New crossing at Girven Road

Construction is anticipated to take three weeks. During construction, traffic will remain open in both directions. Lane switches will occur and speed will be reduced to 30km/h in the work section.

To minimise traffic impacts, any work that requires lane closures will be managed with night time stop/go, scheduled between 7pm and 6am.

FAQs

Peak hour congestion and off-peak speeding has compromised visibility for pedestrians, cyclists, and alternative transport users.

The improvements incorporate new shared pathways near the roundabout, connecting to existing shared paths along Girven Road and supporting safe travel for active users around the intersection.

Four new pedestrian crossings will be installed in the area to support people reaching local shops, schools, and the beach. This includes two on Oceanbeach Road and two on approach to the roundabout from Girven Road and Maranui Street.

Golf Road and Girven Road are the main access roads serving the Arataki area from State Highway 2 and are busy at peak times and prone to congestion. To lower the number of intersections and encourage a more seamless and safer traffic flow, a central roundabout will be installed at the Girven-Maranui Intersection and the right turn bay removed at the Oceanbeach-Girven intersection. This option should provide a high level of safety as roundabouts generally involve slower crash speeds than intersections controlled by traffic signals, stop, or give-way signs.

To help manage traffic congestion we need to provide our community with safe, reliable and easy choices to get around Mount Maunganui. There are gaps in the network for walking and cycling, so many people are not choosing these options. Dedicated infrastructure like separated cycle lanes and shared paths will increase safety, which in turn encourages more people to walk or cycle.

The improvements incorporate new shared pathways near intersections and the new roundabout, connecting to existing shared paths along Girven Road and supporting safe travel for cyclists and pedestrians around the new intersection. The four new pedestrian crossings provide an obvious safe crossing point for these active users as they head to the beach, school, or local shops. These crossings have been placed at natural points on the travel network where either the demand for people to cross is greater, or where the traffic naturally needs to slow for an intersection. By placing these crossings at strategic locations, there will be less need for unpredictable crossing along the street making it safer for everyone.

Key information

Project type
Transport and movement

Status
Underway

Neighbourhood
Mount Maunganui / Arataki

Key dates

  • Safety review of Girven Road / Oceanbeach Road commissioned 

    June 2022
  • Detailed design complete

    February 2024
  • Community engagement

    August 2023 – April 2024
  • Construction

    May – August 2024

Who's listening

The Transportation Team
Tauranga City Council

papamoamountlink@tauranga.govt.nz
07 577 7000

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