The latest design for Tamahere’s upcoming spaghetti junction – the Waikato Expressway’s Hamilton section southern interchange – is open for public viewing on Wednesday.
The complex State Highway 1 interchange centred on Cherry Lane is set to transform the local road network in northern Tamahere and property access for many who live there.
NZTA and its contractors will reveal the latest design at an information day in the Tamahere Community Centre on Wednesday, August 10 from 2.30pm to 7pm.
The interchange will extend from the Mangaone Stream in the north to the current Tamahere intersection at Airport-Tauwhare Rd. It will include roads and flyovers that will link east and west Tamahere.
The information day is designed to let locals know how the interchange will look and work, how it will affect access to properties, how traffic will flow and what noise and visual impacts it will have.
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Tamahere, which to its south has weathered the impacts of the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway, is now in for disruption in the north where the $973 million, 21.8km Hamilton section of the expressway joins the existing stretch of highway.
Largest Waikato road project
The Hamilton section of the expressway is the largest roading project in Waikato’s history.
It includes 17 bridges, five new interchanges, and walking and cycle paths. It will include a restoration strategy for a number of Hamilton’s gully systems.
Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges turned the first sod on the project at a ceremony in March and full construction is set to start in October.
Up to 600 people will be working on the road’s construction under a consortium made up of Fletcher, Beca, Higgins, Coffey and Hick Brothers, in an alliance with NZTA.
The project will use an estimated 28,450m3 of concrete, 212km road markings and 126km of fencing. In total 4 million cubic metres of dirt will be moved before its completion, expected to be 2020.
Once completed, the Waikato Expressway is expected to reduce the journey time between Auckland and south of Cambridge by up to 35 minutes, improve connections for freight and business, support economic growth and development, and significantly improve safety on its stretch of SH1.
For more information phone 0800 322 044 and be prepared to leave a message. Or follow the Waikato Expressway Facebook page.