So, what comes next?
Since the open day, the team has been reviewing your valuable feedback and looking at the best way to improve safety along this stretch of road. The route is complicated and complex with a windy local road and a high-speed state highway, and they both have their own unique issues.
It's important to get it right and we will continue working with key stakeholders including the Whakatane and Opotiki District Councils, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Police, iwi partners, and freight groups to look at possible safety solutions.
We will soon have safety improvement options for SH2 Wainui Road to Opotiki ready to present to the community.
We will need your help to make sure we haven’t missed anything important. Another open day is planned for later this year where you can see our plans and speak to the safety team. The date, time and location of this will be advertised in our next newsletter.
We’re aiming to start construction late 2018.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our Community Engagement Manager, Justin Rae, firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 390 732.