New road study begins

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Investigations into the future road network for an area south of Hamilton, including Tamahere, is now underway.

The area being studied for new road networks

One of the first signs of activity on the long-term plan, known as the Southern Links project, is a newsletter, which will be in mailboxes this week. It can also be downloaded here: Southern Links 1st newsletter

The project by the NZ Transport Agency and Hamilton City Council aims to develop an effective network of well-connected state highway and urban arterial routes linking State Highway 1 from Kahikatea Drive to the Waikato Expressway at Tamahere, and State Highway 3 from the airport to central and east Hamilton.

While the connection points are known, the routes between them have yet to be worked out. The investigation getting underway now and expected to take 2 1/2 years is designed to identify and designate the best routes to connect the points.

Consultation with residents will be a key part of the investigation, according to the NZTA newsletter.

“Designating the Southern Links routes in the Waikato, Waipa and Hamilton district plans will provide certainty for local residents and developers.”

The project team will also be soon asking some property owners for access to their land to gather data such as on earth types and ecological habitats as it investigates the suitability of potential routes.

“It is important to note that a request to gather data on a property does not necessarily mean that the preferred route will affect that location,” the newsletter advises.

“The testing and surveys are intended to determine conditions across the wider project area …”

Project newsletters can be sent by email. Click here to send your contact details, including name and address and get updates by email.

Southern Links consultation leader is Grant Eccles who is available on the above email or free phone 0508 7846 4565.

Click here for more information on Southern Links.

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