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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Safer paths expected for Tamahere

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter has given her backing for safer footpaths and cycleways for Tamahere.

In Tamahere today, Genter said she had let the NZ Transport Agency know of her expectations for safe connectivity for Tamahere, which is bisected by the State Highway 1 Waikato Expressway.

A lack of safe walking and biking routes has become a hot button issue for Tamahere people who turned out in unprecedented numbers to a recent public meeting on the issue.

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SH1 detour from Oct 1

A detour taking southbound traffic off State Highway 1 and on to the Tamahere off-ramp will be in place for up to six weeks from October 1.

The southern-bound traffic will then travel through the Tauwhare Rd roundabout and up the south-bound on-ramp, said the NZ Transport Agency.

Delays are likely during morning and evening peak traffic periods, said NZTA Waikato System Manager Karen Boyt.

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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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Locals urged to take stand

The Tamahere community is urged to attend a public meeting on Thursday, September 12, 7.30pm, in the Tamahere Community Centre to back demands for safe pathways around the community.

Action has been building to back calls for safe pedestrian and cycle ways for Tamahere as its two halves become cut by an ever wider and busier State Highway 1.

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SH 1 traffic switch ahead

SH1 traffic is to be switched on to new lanes running under the East West Link Bridge in July or earlier.

This will affect access to Cherry Lane, Bollard Road and the section of Cambridge Road in between.

Construction project staff will be at the Tamahere Community Centre from 4pm-7pm on Wednesday, June 19 to demonstrate how the new road layout will work, and answer questions.

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SH1 switch ahead

The question of when SH1 drivers will travel along what is now a great swathe of sand beside the main road through Tamahere has been answered.

By November, SH1 traffic will divert from the current road onto the new section, which will travel under the partially built East West Link Bridge to reconnect with the existing highway near the Hamilton billboard at the top of the gully.

When traffic is switched onto the new lanes, the old highway northwest of Cherry Lane will be closed.

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SH1 speed up or not?

The NZ Transport Agency is calling for feedback on a proposal to introduce a 110km/h speed limit on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.

The SH1 expressway between the Cambridge Southern and Tamahere interchanges along with the SH2 Tauranga Eastern Link Rd are the first roads being considered for the 110km/h speed limit.

Nationwide, the speed limit will only rise to 110km/hr on roads which can support higher travel speeds without compromising safety.

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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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