High interest in the Southern Links roading project, including concern over its route through Tamahere has prompted a special public meeting on Tuesday, June 28.
The meeting in the Tamahere Community Centre will start at 7pm and be hosted by the Tamahere Community Committee.
Southern Links consultation leader Grant Eccles of Aecom will give a brief presentation and be available to field questions along with Alasdair Gray of Gray Matter, project managers on behalf of NZ Transport Agency and Hamilton City Council.
The Southern Links project is intended 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.
An investigation, which began last December, is expected to take 2 1/2 years and is designed to identify and designate the best routes. NZTA held an open day on the project in Tamahere in April, and more are schedule in October and early next year.
Tuesday night’s meeting has been initiated by the Tamahere community.
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.