Pokeno to Mangatarata
Preferred bidder announced
Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.
The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.
The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.
The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).
Preferred bidder announced
A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.
Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.
ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:
Construction projects: > AUD$300m
Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m
All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million
The 32 kilometre Pokeno to Mangatarata section of the Maramarua Highway (State Highway 2 - SH2) has a poor safety record and suffers from congestion during peak periods of demand. The major features of the Pokeno to Mangatarata project will see the highway widened to three lanes – two west bound and a single lane east bound. The project also has a strong focus on improved safety for motorists – with four grade-separated intersections, median and side barriers.
In April 2016, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) confirmed NZD$278 million in funding for the project, allowing for further project refinement, property acquisitions along the corridor, and for consents and approvals to be sought. The project, which is expected to be delivered in stages, aims ultimately to reduce deaths and injuries by 80 per cent on the subject corridor in addition to providing improved journey time reliability.
In March 2018, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) announce the completion of environmental and geotechnical investigations. The project will move towards the next stage which involves the required consenting and designation documents to lodge with the Councils involved.
In August 2018, the NZTA confirmed the project was being re-evaluated to align it with the new priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport. Re-evaluation was first proposed in the Draft Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP) released earlier in 2018.
NZTA completed their project re-evaluation in November 2018, recommending safety improvements be done in the short term. NZTA also recommended additional capacity on the SH2 east of SH1 as a medium term priority, with the remainder of SH2 between SH1 and Mangatarata to remain a two-lane highway.
Details on funding and timing are expected in December once all project re-evaluations are complete.
Last reviewed: 04/12/2018