Hawke's Bay Expressway
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|Hawke's Bay Expressway|
|Maintained by NZ Transport Agency|
|Length:||24 km (15 mi)|
|North end:||SH 2 near Napier Airport|
| SH 50 at Pirimai
SH 50 near Pakowhai
|South end:||SH 2 at Pakipaki, south of Hastings|
|Major cities:||Napier, Hastings|
The Hawke's Bay Expressway, known also as the Napier-Hastings Expressway, runs from Hawke's Bay Airport passing through Napier and Taradale, west of Hastings, and ends at Pakipaki just south of Hastings, a total length of 24km.
The first section (Kennedy Road - Pakowhai Road) opened in the late 1960s, and construction did not recommence until the late 1990s (south of Pakowhai Road). For 30 years the partially formed approaches for the Kennedy Road overbridge stood each side of the dual carriageway from Napier to Taradale. In 2002, work began to strengthen the approaches and build the bridge: the new expressway opened through to Hawkes Bay Airport late in 2003. In 2007 the Meeanee interchange was built to grade separate that intersection. A new extension south of Flaxmere opened in 2011. The expressway remains single carriageway along its length at present, although has been designed to allow dual-carriageway upgrading. This became an electoral commitment by the National party in the 2017 election as part of a series of national upgrades to roads, but they were not successful at forming a Government in the post-election coalition negotiations.
The Expressway is one lane in each direction, with, heading south, roundabouts at Prebensen Drive and Taradale Road and interchanges at Kennedy Road (north off, south on) and Meeanee Road (traffic lights for many years and a notorious black spot - replaced with a grade separated interchange in 2007) - more traffic lights at Pakowhai Road (southbound and turning traffic only); and roundabouts at Evenden Road, Omahu Road, Flaxmere Avenue/York Road, a 5-way roundabout with Maraekakaho Road/Longlands Road/Pakipaki Road and a roundabout at its terminus with SH 2 at Pakipaki. The expressway is entirely zoned at a 100 km/h limit.
|Napier City||Westshore||0||Watchman Road||Hawke's Bay Expressway begins
Hawke's Bay Expressway/SH 2B concurrency begins
|SH 2 north (Main Road North) – Napier Airport, Gisborne|
|SH 2 south (Meeanee Quay) – Napier City|
|4.1||SH 50 north (Taradale Road) – Port of Napier||Hawke's Bay Expressway/SH 2B concurrency ends
Hawke's Bay Expressway/SH 50 concurrency begins
|Tamatea||7.5||Kennedy Road||Northbound exit and southbound entry|
|Jervoistown||10.8||Meeanee Road||Full diamond interchange|
|13.4||SH 50 south (Links Road)||Hawke's Bay Expressway concurrency begins/SH 50 concurrency ends
Hawke's Bay Expressway concurrency begins/SH 50A concurrency begins
|Hastings District||Hastings||5.1||Evenden Road|
|Pakipaki||16.5||Railway Road (Former SH 2 north) – Hastings
Te Aute Road – Havelock North
SH 2 south – Waipukurau, Wellington
|Hawke's Bay Expressway ends
Hawke's Bay Expressway/SH 50A concurrency ends
- "Next generation Roads of National Significance" (Press release). New New Zealand National Party. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
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