The 21 kilometre long Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway is the biggest roading project in Waikato’s history.
The project will be constructed by a group made up of Higgins, Fletcher, Coffey and Beca in an alliance with the Transport Agency. It is one of seven sections of the Waikato Expressway, a Road of National Significance (RoNS) identified by the Government as key to unlocking New Zealand’s potential for economic growth. The Hamilton section is designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on Hamilton’s local road network by significantly reducing through traffic.
The section commences at the Lake Road junction with the Ngaruawahia section in the north. It then runs south, to the east of Hamilton, connecting to the existing Tamahere interchange deviation just south of Hillcrest. The Tamahere interchange provides a link to the Cambridge section of the expressway, which will open to traffic in December.
The Hamilton section is the largest and most complex section of the Waikato Expressway, the current proposal including five interchanges, 17 bridges and new connecting roads at Ruakura Road and Resolution Drive. Over the next 12 months the Alliance will complete the detailed design of the section,
The Transport Agency’s Hamilton Highways Manager, Kaye Clark says the Hamilton section is the final piece of the Waikato Expressway puzzle. “The Hamilton section is the biggest roading project in Waikato’s history - a $973 million stretch of road that will make a real difference to safety and efficiency when it opens in 2020.”
Within the alliance, Higgins is responsible for delivering around 25% of the project scope. A team of 20 Higgins engineering staff will be embedded in the project team working on planning and programming the work. The team will provide specialist technical and contractor input; construct the pavement and surfacing for the 21.8km section, plus approximately 6km of local road upgrades/new construction; undertake all traffic management and oversee all traffic services and utilities works.
The project team will be dedicated to the job until its completion during spring 2020.