Expressway work brings more diversions

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Work continues but at a slower pace over winter on the Tamahere-Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway. NZ Transport Agency project manager Raj Rajagopal and HEB Construction’s project manager Gary Budden update readers.

Traffic changes

Look out for some further road changes shortly.

After the June 11-14 National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek we will need to move southbound traffic on SH1 over to a northbound lane from Tamahere Drive to Airport Rd interchange, opening up a new work zone to merge the old SH1 into the new expressway.

The Pickering Rd underbridge retaining walls are in earthy tones reflecting the materials of the local area. This access to SH1 will open to traffic in late July.
The Pickering Rd underbridge retaining walls are in earthy tones reflecting the materials of the local area. This access to SH1 will open to traffic in late July.

Also at Tamahere, the Pickering Road roundabout is completed, the earthy toned abutment walls for the underbridge are at full height and construction of the bridge is next. The connection of Pickering Rd to SH1 is on track for late July, at which time the Hautapu Road connection to SH1 will close permanently.

We are widening SH1B to move traffic from the southbound side of SH1B over to the northbound side near the HEB Construction site office/Visitor Information Centre at 129 Victoria Road, making space for columns to be built for the Victoria Road interchange.

Be in to win!

The haul road, which runs most of the 16km of the project, has created a lot of interest. So, we are running a competition, with the prize a trip along the haul road in a Winstone truck. Enter by answering some simple questions about the project – either at the Visitor Information Centre or here on our Facebook page. It closes on July 31.

Making roads when the sun shines

We are not sure what happened to autumn but we seem to have gone from great construction weather over a long summer straight into the winter slow-down when earthworks taper off until spring. However, expect earthworks activities during any period of good weather.

Certainly the rain has been a good test for our environmental controls – ponds, drains, swales and berms – which are in place to catch runoff. These have worked really well across the site.

It has been a busy five months or so, progress has been good, and we have made a big dent in the earthworks for the project with 450,000 cubic metres of material moved. So we want to thank everyone for their patience and are pleased to say the 16km highway project remains on track for opening in late 2016.

Piling has been completed for the Karapiro Viaduct and the 35 metre pier columns are going up, with the central column pier now at height. Beams will later be brought in to start construction of the 200m span viaduct. Meanwhile foundation work is well under way at the Southern Interchange.

Keeping you informed

To keep up with all the progress we are updating material in the Visitor Information Centre, adding more construction posters, photos and a fresh project DVD. You can also view our live camera at the Karapiro Viaduct to see construction under way, and watch our latest flyover video.

You can also view most of that at here on the NZTA website.

Also, look out for NZTA at the Fieldays this year. As well as all the usual information on licensing, road safety and regulations you can catch up on progress across the Waikato Expressway, including our Cambridge section.

Any questions? Call 0800 WAIK EXP (0800 924539).

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