Expressway open day models junction


The Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway is to hold an open day this Saturday, March 3 from 10am to 2pm.

A new scale model of the Southern Interchange at Tamahere will be on display in the Ryburn Rd Project Visitor Centre along with timelapse videos showing how bridges and embankments are being built.

Visitors will also be able to take a free, 30-minute bus tour of the work site or watch the project’s survey drones photographing the site from the air.

Engineers, designers and other key staff will be on hand to speak with visitors.

“This is a great opportunity for the public to see first-hand how we build a large section of expressway,” said Peter Simcock of the NZ Transport Agency.

“It will be an event that’s fun and affordable for individuals and families, and we’re expecting a big turnout.”

The environmental display at the open day will show visitors how the project treats water before it is discharged from the site, and how the project works around native bats, fish and lizards. Children will be able to dig for archaeological ‘treasures’ in a large sandpit – and win rewards. They can also sit in the cab of a small digger.

Large earthmoving and paving machines will be on display, and visitors will be invited to take part in building mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) walls. These walls form the abutments that hold up many of the bridges on the project.

Other displays will demonstrate the project’s work with soils and geology, design, ground surveying and pavement construction.

The Project Office at Ryburn Road will be sign-posted off Ruakura Road on the eastern outskirts of Hamilton. Entry and parking will be free. Food and refreshments will be available to buy on-site.

For more information email or phone 0800 322 044.

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