The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) continues to welcome feedback on the Southern Links project – proposals for a network of roads south of Hamilton including Tamahere.
“There is no deadline for getting your feedback to us,” advised NZTA communications adviser Kara Fleming.
Feedback on Southern Links can be sent to the project team at any time and it will all be considered regardless of when it is received, she said.
The Southern Links project is designed to create 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 it’s known where the roads in the network will meet, the routes between them have yet to be worked out. An investigation, which began last December, is expected to take 2 1/2 years and is designed to identify and designate the best routes to connect the meeting points.
The proposal involves two new crossings of the Waikato River and around 32 kilometres of roads – 21km of new state highway and 11km of urban roads in the city’s Peacocke Structure Plan area.
The aim is to reduce congestion, improve safety on SH1 and SH3 in Hillcrest and Melville, improve freight flows, and be a key part of the city’s urban arterial network.
The timing of construction will depend on factors like funding availability and the pace and nature of Hamilton’s growth. The start date has previously been put around 2022. Construction costs had been tentatively estimated at $333 million, and are currently not in NZTA’s 10-year programme.