Expressway impacts on show

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The Waikato Expressway’s major impact on central Tamahere is to be laid out for the community in a presentation on Thursday, October 27.

The expressway’s Hamilton section southern interchange will be located in the vicinity of Cherry Lane and proposals suggest there will be significant impact for people living on both sides of State Highway 1. The section is expected to be completed by 2019.

The presentation in the Tamahere Community Centre, from 3pm to 7pm on October 27, is a joint one by the NZ Transport Agency and the Waikato District Council.

WDC general manager strategy & support Tony Whitaker said the council had been working closely with NZTA on the design of the Southern Interchange and its implications for the Tamahere area. At the same time the council had also been working with Tamahere residents to develop a concept for a village hub, adjacent to Tamahere School.

It made sense to present both options at the one time “to give people the opportunity to discuss key elements with the project teams involved and give feedback,” he said.

The key elements for discussion at the presentation are:

• The design for the Southern Interchange Hamilton Section for the Waikato Expressway
• East/west connectivity at the proposed Southern Interchange Hamilton Section
• A proposed concept of how the village hub may look once developed
• The local road network within the west Tamahere area.

Key considerations for the design of the Southern Interchange and the adjacent section of expressway are traffic volume, the need for connectivity between Tamahere east and west, and safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists. Click here for NZTA information on the interchange.

Another separate section of the expressway is described as the Tamahere section and its plans are at a different stage. It runs from around the Airport Rd/SH 1 intersection to just south of Hautapu Road where it will connect to the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway. Click here for NZTA info.

Plans for the village hub, underway since mid-2010, have reached the point where the council can report on the layout and zoning proposed for the council-owned land on Devine Rd, including the proposed urban design guide for future developments.

Earlier stories:

Village hub reaches milestone

Hub, road designs in melting pot

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