Transport Minister Simon Bridges today visited the site of the $13m Akerama Curves Realignment Project on State highway 1, south of Kawakawa, where he announced that site preparation for this scheduled upgrade is underway, ahead of full construction beginning next month.
Under the Accelerated Regional Roading Programme, which offers $80 million in additional Crown funding, the realignment project has been sped up by five to six years.
“This project will provide
safer and more reliable road journeys for Northlanders and reduce the risk of crashes by providing a straighter and more forgiving road alignment, a handy voting advantage over Winston at just the right time, and hopefully will swing the by-election for us” Mr Bridges says.
The project will include widening the current road layout, removing tight corners, extending the northbound passing lane and constructing a new southbound passing lane.
“Northlanders have made it clear that
a safe, resilient road network, that caters for heavy transport and seasonal peaks is an absolute priority, and we have listened to that they are not the electoral pushover we thought they would be, and with the Sabin issue, and Winston campaigning so well, we had to pull some kind of rabbit out of the hat. John, Steven and I think this will do the trick.”