Look sharp for expressway

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Construction of the Tamahere-Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway is now “getting down to the pointy end of things,” says the construction company.

The impact of the work means drivers now need to plan travel on some routes around the district.

In particular temporary lights at Victoria, Forrest and Watkins roads will need to be considered by road users having to use these expressway crossing points, said NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction project managers Raj Rajagopal and David Loe

Expressway under construction - looking west to the northern interchange and Tamahere, with SH1 in the background.
Expressway under construction – looking west to the northern interchange and Tamahere, with SH1 in the background.

“Please keep to the 30 km/h restriction, and don’t be tempted to take risks if you think the lights, which operate on a sensor, are not showing as you think, they advise.

“Often that’s because a vehicle is close and about to pass through with a load. And a special request to take extra care if you are passing Hautapu School, particularly at the start and end of the school day.”

The haul road which runs the length of the Expressway, and which will ultimately be its southbound lanes, is now very busy with truck and trailer units hauling sand and other material, particularly to the northern interchange construction area. The number of truck movements will increase in the coming weeks.

Other activity also under way includes:
• ongoing heavy earthworks including construction of embankments for the Pickering Road, Peake Road and Swayne Road bridges
• Victoria Road, Northern and Southern Interchange on-and-off ramp construction
• ongoing piling work in preparation for building the Karapiro Viaduct
• construction of a new diversion road from Thornton Road to St Kilda Road (to minimise disruption while the Thornton Road overbridge begins construction)
• completion of local roads including St Kilda, Appleby and the new Ambreed access road
• construction of the new Hautapu extension road and cycleway connection
• continued relocation of watermains, stormwater, telecoms and powerlines.

Traffic related matters to be aware of include:

• for safety reasons, reduced 80 km/h speeds on SH1 around Pickering/Hautapu roads and the golf course
• permanent road closures at Discombe Road and Laurent Road where they meet the Expressway
• temporary road closures with detours in place at Pickering Road (access closed to SH1), and at the intersection of Peake and the haul road
• temporary closure of the Victoria Road walkway/cycleway
• from this week, temporary road closure with detours for Swayne Road to allow for construction of the Swayne Road overbridge
• from March 3 a permanent road closure with detours is planned for the intersection of Hannon Road to allow for construction of the Victoria Road Interchange ramps.

For more information visit the Visitor Information Centre on Victoria Road, follow on Waikato Expressway on Facebook or visit NZTA webpages for maps and a video flyover of the section.

For video flyovers of the entire Waikato Expressway visit NZTA’s YouTube channel.

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