Winter work ahead for delayed expressway

Work on the Waikato Expressway, including at Tamahere, may need to continue through winter – if weather allows – to make up for time lost during the Covid-19 lockdown.

In a recent progress update, NZTA said at the expressway’s Southern Interchange at Tamahere, the new link road is under construction from Birchwood Lane. Check out the explanatory graphic.

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Call for speedsters to slow

Speeding drivers ignoring 50km/hour speed signs have prompted a Birchwood Lane resident to plead for them to slow down.

“I am so fed up with cars speeding down our road despite the 50 speed limit sign,” said Elisabetta Premoli.

“I am concerned for the many children walking/biking to school as well as the rest of the community.”

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Kerb cock-up proves pricey

Nearly 700 metres of freshly laid concrete kerb on Birchwood Lane has been ripped up at a cost to ratepayers of around $40,000 after it was put in at the wrong height.

Locals were aghast to see the new kerb being ripped up last week within days of it being completed on the 340m stretch of road linking Birchwood Lane to Devine Rd.

The error will add at least another 11% to the cost of the project.

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Expressway changes face of Tamahere

The once treed view alongside State Highway 1 close to Hamilton has rapidly given way to brown earthworks since early January as the latest section of the Waikato Expressway to effect Tamahere steps up pace.

Construction has begun of a new, two-lane Cambridge Rd off-ramp into Hamilton, east of the current SH1, opposite Cherry Lane.

The off-ramp is part of what will be something of a spaghetti junction which will eventually include an east/west bridge connecting Cherry Lane and Bollard Road with Cambridge Road and Birchwood Lane.

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Rare failure causes power outage

About 400 Tamahere households were hit by a power outage just on dinner time last night with around 130 without power for up to six hours.

Waipa Networks said the lengthy power outage was caused by a failure of isolation equipment in a cabinet in Birchwood Lane.

The Networks customer service manager Kerry Watson said the failure of the particular piece of equipment was uncommon and an explanation was being sought from its supplier.

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Bridge ahead, flood risk not over

Planning is underway for a $250,000 walkway linking Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane, including a bridge spanning the Mangaharakeke stream.

Tamahere district councillor Wally Hayes presented an artists impression of the 80m bridge to this month’s meeting of the Tamahere Community Committee (TCC).

The walkway, to be named the Alan Turner Memorial Walkway in memory of the long serving council environment planner who died last year, is expected to be built in the next year.

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New-look roads, hub, reserve emerge

The Waikato District Council proposes to create a roundabout at the Newell Rd-Birchwood Lane intersection.

A range of traffic calming measures are being planned for Newell Rd, including rehabilitation work around the Newell-Birchwood intersection.

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TCC to voice links view

The Tamahere Community Committee aims to co-ordinate a community-wide response to the proposed Southern Links road route through Tamahere.

The preferred route from Tamahere Drive across the Waikato River to Kahikatea Drive was outlined at information days earlier this month, showing it carving through individual properties and the Narrows Golf Course.

The committee plans to canvas what challenge could be made to the project and is inviting people to share their concerns and views with it.

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Interchange maps now online

NZTA now provides the detailed maps of the options for the Cherry Lane-Cambridge Rd interchange on display at the recent Waikato Expressway information day at Tamahere.

No take-home posters for the key, spaghetti-like designs of the intersection were available at the October 27 open day and detailed online information was sparse until now.

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