Aurecon upgrade Tauranga Cameron Road to deliver a safer, more attractive and provide people with more ways to travel.


Cameron Road Multi-Modal Upgrade, New Zealand

Supporting growth and increasing transport choice in Tauranga

With its sunny climate and enviable lifestyle, Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s most sought-after places to live. Rapid population growth is placing increasing pressure on the city’s infrastructure and housing, so Tauranga City Council has released a range of strategies to respond to this and position the city for the future.

One of these is a 30-year spatial plan for the Te Papa peninsula, which sits at the heart of the harbourside city. The plan sets out a roadmap to increase density and support growth, while building stronger communities that better integrate how people live, work, learn and play.

Making Cameron Road safer, more attractive and giving people greater travel choices

The Cameron Road Multi-Modal Upgrade was developed in parallel with this 30-year plan and aims to achieve interlinked objectives of supporting growth by providing alternative safe and active transport enhancements.

The largest capital project ever undertaken by Tauranga City Council, the works will upgrade one of the city’s main arteries, Cameron Road, to make it safer, more attractive and to provide people with greater travel choices.

The proposed changes include new part-time bus lanes, a new two-way cycleway, new loading bays and clearways, intersection improvements and more signalised pedestrian crossings, as well as landscaping and stormwater upgrades.

Addressing congestion while promoting public and active transport modes

Tauranga is made up of several narrow peninsulas that funnel traffic into key pinch points that cause congestion at busy times of the day. The shape of these peninsulas and the limited space available means building more roads to address congestion is not viable.

Instead, a smarter option was needed which makes better use of existing space, by enabling other transport modes such as public transport, cycling and walking. By promoting this shift to low-emissions transport modes, the project will also help achieve Tauranga’s decarbonisation objectives.

Aurecon was appointed to bring the plans to life to deliver a safer, more attractive, multi-modal corridor that reflected the area’s rich cultural heritage and engaged the local community.

Reconnecting people to this whenua

Cameron Road has a rich whakapapa (genealogy) and cultural history predating European settlement, and early Māori are understood to have used the area as a thoroughfare and for trading.

Placemaking and improving amenity are key objectives for the Cameron Road Upgrade, to reconnect people to this whenua (land) and its whakapapa.

Paying tribute to the area’s rich heritage, the project objectives have been reimagined through the lens of Hauora (Māori philosophy of health and well-being) and the principles of Te Ahi Kaa (longstanding occupation of and connection to land). Working with Ngāi Tamarawaho hapū and Ngāti Tapu hapū, Ahi Kaa narratives were woven into the project design to re-establish connections with place.

Artistic impressions and cultural interpretation throughout the streetscape will enable people to engage in the whakapapa of Cameron Road, and tell the story of its integral role in shaping both Tauranga Moana and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Leveraging digital to manage construction and bring the project to life for the community

Cameron Road was initially constructed in 1871, and the road held long forgotten secrets below the concrete and asphalt seal. Extensive ground penetration surveys and potholing was transferred using a mixture of traditional modelling and Aurecon’s Inground software to build a complex 3D model of services and features that enabled designers to identify 3,000 potential clashes in advance.

Adapting 3D design models for both above and below ground assets enabled us to shift design features away from these services, avoiding costly relocations, on site redesigns and providing greater certainty on construction costs.

These 3D models have been invaluable in engaging with Iwi and other stakeholders, providing a meaningful way to communicate constructability challenges and mitigation opportunities for business and the community.

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