‘Fatalities becoming regular occurrence’ – Mayor

SH2 is open this morning following a double fatal crash which closed the road near Pukehina for several hours yesterday. Photo: Cameron Avery.

Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber is supporting the rights of a local lobby group to protest on State Highway 2 this Sunday.

Fix The BLOODY Road group and other community members are joining forces to protest about inaction regarding State Highway 2 upgrades.

“Western Bay residents know only too well how dangerous this road is,” says Garry.

“Fatalities and crashes are becoming a regular occurrence and the sub-standard quality of the road compared to traffic volumes is the primary problem.

“We need to move past the rhetoric and keep the pressure on Central Government to start work on previously promised capital projects like the Tauranga Northern Link, Omokoroa interchange, road widening, off-ramps and other safety measures as soon as possible.”

This week alone, there has been four deaths on Western Bay of Plenty roads in four days.

Two people died in a logging truck and car crash on SH2, near Pukehina.

Another person was killed on SH29, near Old Kaimai Road, when a transporter truck and car collided on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash on SH29 on Wednesday.

On Monday afternoon, SH2 south of Katikati was closed for several hours following a crash between three vehicles. Steven Hart died as a result of the crash.

The fatal crash on SH2 on Monday.

Garry says Western Bay residents want a straight answer from Central Government and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) about what exactly “their commitment is going to be to remedy this sub-standard highway”.

This Sunday’s protest will see campaigners muster at Wairoa River Reserve at 2.30pm, to cross the bridge together as one from 3pm sharp, then return.



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