Locals get road access reprieve


As construction of the Waikato Expressway proceeds Pickering Rd and Oaklea Lane residents have been given a reprieve from forced, lengthy detours.

An access road has been completed around Ambreed which gives affected residents temporary access to SH1.

NZTA and HEB Construction provided the access after nearby residents sought an alternative to lengthy detours while the expressway bridge and Pickering Rd connection under the bridge was completed.

“Although access will be available at all times, due to the high level of construction activity taking place in and around the area, we still recommend and ask residents to use detour routes where possible,” NZTA and HEB advised.

The bridge abutments are expected to be completed by mid-June allowing the bridge beams to be placed in late June. The bridge deck should be poured in early July.

Progress on the new Pickering Rd connection under the expressway to Tamahere Drive depends on the progress of the bridge but is programmed to be open from late July.

For more on the expressway, there is a visitor information centre at 129 Victoria Rd, and updates are frequent on the Waikato Expressway Facebook page.

2 thoughts on “Locals get road access reprieve

  • March 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    To Whom it may concern,

    I am a PhD student in restoration ecology at the University of Waikato. I heard through a friend recently that the verge of the new Waikato Expressway is to be planted up partly in oaks, and that these were to be gathered and germinated by Tamahere school children.

    If this is true, I urge those with power to reconsider this plan. New Zealand native trees are far more sustainable, and have equal beauty while providing ecosystem services that alien oak trees will not. Please teach our children the value of our own NZ natives by encouraging them to collect and rear these plants instead. If you enact the planting of native trees, Cambridge New Zealand will look back in 100 years and celebrate the restoration of native bush, while enjoying the abundance of endemic wildlife, such as Kereru and Tui, instead of the sterile landscape of oaks.

    Thank you for your consideration of my comments.

    Kiri Joy Cutting, M.Sc.

    • March 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Kiri, we raised your query with NZTA. The following response is from Simon Cathcart, HEB Environmental Manager for the Cambridge section of the expressway.

      He said there will be a mix of both native and exotic trees to reflect both the heritage of the area and the wishes of a range of interested groups. The process used to select the mix of plantings has been thorough and has taken on board the views of residents, iwi, Tamahere Community Committee, Department of Conservation, Councils and others.

      HEB Construction has five schools, including Tamahere Model Country School, which have shown interest to date in being involved in the landscaping for the expressway, and HEB will be working with them around the role they can play in that.


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