ViaStrada was engaged by Tauranga City Council (TCC) to undertake the scheme development of the arterial road (Te Okuroa Drive) servicing the Wairakei (stage 1), and subsequently Te Tumu (stage 2), urban expansion in Papamoa as envisaged by Western Bay of Plenty's SmartGrowth strategy.
A typical cross section for Te Okuroa Drive had already been determined; ViaStrada's brief was to design all the intersections and determine the location of the u-turning bays. The major part of this exercise was to determine the most appropriate intersection control for each location, including bus priority measures.
As part of the intersection selection process the project team investigated all transport modes in the area, as these will influence the intersection treatment chosen. A planning exercise was undertaken to determine the future cycle and pedestrian networks (strategic and supporting) and public transport routes. The recommendations from this exercise were discussed with the client and outcomes were determined. The draft designs have been delivered to the client.