State Highway 1 through Tamahere central is festooned with orange cones as tarsealing of the former median strip is carried out between the Airport Rd turn off and Bollard Rd.
This will allow traffic to be shifted from the road proper while trees are felled, phone and electricity cables are relocated, and the connection to the expressway constructed.
Some of the many cones will be replaced with permanent ‘SafeHits’ – orange delineation markers that bend over if hit by a vehicle and bounce back into place. While traffic may be moved around inside the site the SafeHit markers will stay in place in the merge area south of the airport turnoff.
Meanwhile, pile driving for the East-West bridge at Cherry Lane has been completed and the crane relocated to the Osborne Road Bridge in Horsham Downs.
Construction continues on the bridge with the construction team building the crossheads that will tie the piles together and support the bridge beams. Bridge beams are being manufactured off-site.
With the project not due for completion until 2020 and many more interruptions to traffic expected over the months and years ahead it may pay to register for updates on issues affecting traffic on SH1 by visiting the On the Move website.
Register there, enter your regular route and the website will email you each time there are any issues affecting travel times. These issues may be related to the project, a crash or highway maintenance.
More information on the Hamilton section of the expressway is here or follow developments on the Facebook Waikato Expressway page. A visitor centre is at Percival Rd, off Ruakura Rd. Opening hours are 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
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