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Hamilton Section

The 21 kilometre long Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway was constructed by an alliance including Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Higgins, Fletcher Construction, Coffey and Beca.

Project overview

The Waikato Expressway is the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

The Hamilton section of the motorway has been the largest and most complex section to construct. Completed in 2022, this section reduces traffic congestion and improves safety on Hamilton’s local road network by significantly reducing through traffic.

It 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.
Waka Kotahi Hamilton section link

Higgins role:

Within the alliance, Higgins was responsible for delivering around 25% of the project scope. The team provided specialist technical and contractor input; construction of 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.

Waka Kotaki Waikato Expressway: Hamilton section flyover