Port Road - Kioreroa Road improvements: Stage Two

  • Project typeTransport and roading
  • Project value$6m
  • Contractor nameUnited Civil Construction
  • Completion Date31 December 2023
Construction of the roundabout at Port Road and Kioreroa Road with cars in the background.

Whangārei’s brand new $10M roundabout at the intersection of Port Road and Kioreroa Road is now complete.

The new roundabout improves traffic flows at this busy intersection that carries about 20,000 vehicles a day. It also makes the trip safer for pedestrians and cyclists with a separated path. 

The railway crossing is also being replaced in coming months.

Mayor Vince Cocurullo visited the site in January 2024 to provide this video update:

 

Stage 1: Port Road Bridge widening (complete)

In 2022 a $10m the Port Road Bridge across Hāhā Creek / Limeburners Creek was expanded to four lanes with a shared path. This was Stage One of a two-stage project designed to improve traffic flow through this busy area.

The work was funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as part of the government’s "shovel ready" Covid-19 stimulus funding. As part of this funding agreement, we targeted more than 60% of the work to be undertaken by local companies and are encouraging supplier diversity.

The new bridge is higher than the old bridge to protect it against sea-level rise and flooding due to storm events.

Stage 2: Port Road / Kioreroa Road intersection (complete)

The roundabout is Stage Two of a $16 million project. The work is being completed in stages to minimise disruption for drivers.

Two lanes on the river side of the new roundabout have been constructed on part of former Ballance Fertiliser works site.  

Now those two lanes will be sealed, then traffic will be moved onto them while the inland side of the roundabout is completed.

Some of the new road will be covered in a temporary seal to allow traffic to use it before it can be rebuilt in summer when the weather is dry enough to let the new road surface dry out correctly. 

Subject to good weather the new roundabout should open at the end of 2023.

We will also be replacing the railway crossing as part of this work in 2024.

Map illustration showing the temporary road layout for the Port Road and Kioreroa Road project.

An aerial view of the Port Road and Kioreroa Road intersection and the associated projects for this area.

Location

Port Road and Kioreroa Road, Whangārei 0110  View Map

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