Underpass in design

Design work is underway for an underpass of Airport Rd/SH21 as part of the Te Awa biking-walking path through Tamahere.

The NZ Transport Agency is funding the underpass (pictured), proposed for near Wiremu Tamihana Drive, as part of its section of the Te Awa Cambridge to Hamilton shared path.

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Detour ahead on SH1

State Highway 1 road resurfacing is scheduled to start on Sunday, March 8, forcing a detour for northbound traffic at Tamahere.

The work will be carried out between 7pm and 6am with northbound SH1 traffic detouring on to the off-ramp to Airport Rd via Tamahere Drive and continuing through the roundabout on to the on-ramp to re-join SH1.

New asphalt will be applied to the expressway surface and, consequently, also new line markings.

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Underpass set for Airport Rd

The NZ Transport Agency is to fund a pedestrian and cycle underpass of Airport Rd/SH21 – one of several safety black spots in Tamahere.

The action comes after unprecedented protests in Tamahere, including a packed public meeting, and a call to the agency by Associate Transport Minister for safer connectivity for the area.

Tamahere Community Committee chair Sue Robertson welcomed confirmation of the funding for the underpass but said it was just a start.

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Locals angry at losing to cars

The high toll the Waikato Expressway is taking on the Tamahere community was made crystal clear at a public meeting last night.

More than a hundred people turned out for the biggest public meeting in living memory to express their disgust and frustration at the sacrifice expected of the community for the sake of the big State Highway 1 roading project.

Speaker after speaker identified the dangers to locals – children and adults – of simply trying to get around their own patch by foot or cycle in an area where speeding cars were the priority.

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Airport Rd roundabout ahead

The NZ Transport Agency plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 3 (Ohaupo Road) and State Highway 21 (Airport Road) this summer.

The $4.5 million project, jointly funded by NZTA and the Titanium Park Joint Venture, which is developing the airport business zone, is designed to improve safety and access to current and future industrial development in the airport area, as well as the Mystery Creek Events Centre.

Information about the roundabout project will be available at an open day on Tuesday, July 14, from 3pm-7pm, at the Hamilton Airport Motel and Conference Centre.

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New link road to open

Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the new road between Devine and Airport roads, will be open from Monday, December 15.

Named in honour of the Ngati Haua chief and peacemaker who is Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, the road will be blessed by Ngati Haua to ensure the safe passage of people who use it.

After months of rough roads and stop/go controls the welcome opening of Wiremu Tamihana Drive means there will no longer be access to Airport Road from Newell Road and vice versa.

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New road changes routes

Tamahere’s newest road, Wiremu Tamihana Drive, between Devine and Airport roads, is about to open and will herald several changes for drivers.

One of the key differences will be the permanent closure of the right-hand turn on to the State Highway 1 on-ramp at the end of Devine Rd.

Work is to begin on the on-ramp from Monday, November 10 and should be completed in two weeks.

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Short squeeze on SH 1 lanes

A new road layout will be in place on State Highway 1 (SH1) between Tamahere’s Airport Road interchange and Pickering Road, from Thursday, August 21.

The NZ Transport Agency says the temporary changes stemming from continued Waikato Expressway construction will be weather dependent and may start later next week if rain is forecast.

Motorists are urged to take extra care when travelling along the new layout and to allow for short delays due to the changes.

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