Higgins are the exclusive Pavement and Surfacing subcontractor for Fletcher Construction.
This $105M section of the Waikato Expressway for NZTA comprises a 4.8km re-alignment of SH1, 2 interchanges and alterations to local roads.
Higgins contributed technical expertise through the initial stages of design and costing in the ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) process. This culminated in the award of a contract for construction in January 2013. The design places the new four lane expressway to the west of the existing State Highway 1, and improves safety at the Te Kauwhata and Rangiriri intersections.
Five 7m high Mechanically Stabilised Earth (MSE) retaining walls were completed at the Te Kauwhata interchange.These 7m high walls support the road on the bridge approaches and feature a decorative concrete facing reinforced with layers of polyester grid for strength and earthquake resistance. About 200,000 native plants have been used for re-vegetation.
All four lanes opened to traffic in April 2017.
For more information go to NZTA: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/rangiriri/index.html
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