Hawke's Bay Expressway

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Hawke's Bay Expressway
Route information
Maintained by NZ Transport Agency
Length: 24 km (15 mi)
Component
highways:
Major junctions
North end: State Highway 2 NZ.svg SH 2 near Napier Airport
  State Highway 50 NZ.svg SH 50 at Pirimai
State Highway 50 NZ.svg SH 50 near Pakowhai
South end: State Highway 2 NZ.svg SH 2 at Pakipaki, south of Hastings
Location
Major cities: Napier, Hastings
Highway system

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

Design[edit]

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.

Major intersections[edit]

Territorial authority Location km jct Destinations Notes
Napier City Westshore 0 New Zealand PW-9.svg Watchman Road Hawke's Bay Expressway begins
Hawke's Bay Expressway/SH 2B concurrency begins
State Highway 2 NZ.svg SH 2 north (Main Road North) – Napier Airport, Gisborne
State Highway 2 NZ.svg SH 2 south (Meeanee Quay) – Napier City
Onekawa 2.4 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Prebensen Road
4.1 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg State Highway 50 NZ.svg 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 Australia GE2-3.svg Kennedy Road Northbound exit and southbound entry
Jervoistown 10.8 Australia GE2-3.svg Meeanee Road Full diamond interchange
Pakowhai 13.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Pakowhai Road
13.4 New Zealand PW-11 (right).svg 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 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Evenden Road
7.4 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Omahu Road
Flaxmere 9.2 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg York Road
Flaxmere Avenue
Longlands 12.4 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Longlands Road
Maraekakaho Road
Pakipaki 16.5 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Next generation Roads of National Significance" (Press release). New New Zealand National Party. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.