Link road gets underway

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Construction of a new, 470m road linking Devine and Airport roads gets underway this month.

The initial work on the $2.5million contract, being undertaken by Fulton Hogan for the Waikato District Council, won’t have a direct effect on traffic movement as it’s based on council land currently used for grazing from Devine Rd north of Tamahere School to Airport Rd, near Regal Haulage.

The final 25m wide corridor will include a two-lane road plus berms, plus a parking and maneuvering area, said the council in the first newsletter of a series designed to inform locals about the project.

There are three key drivers of the project – reducing through traffic using Newell Rd between State Highway 1 and Airport Rd (SH21) and encouraging mainstream traffic to use the new Waikato Expressway system, ensuring access to the proposed village hub on Devine Rd, and reducing congestion at the SH1-Airport Rd intersection by St Stephen’s Church.

The work will be completed in five stages and is expected to finish in November.

The council said it would be encouraging non-residents to get into the habit of using SH1 to Airport Road now, a move that would remove around 500 through-traffic vehicles through the community.

Click the following link for the newsletter, including a work timeline (pdf): New link road Tamahere – Newsletter April 2014

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