Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today turned the sod at Tamahere to signal the commencement of work on what will be the region’s largest ever roading project.
The 21.8 kilometre expressway will link the Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway to the existing Tamahere section in the south.
“With work set to commence later this month, this expressway section will reduce journey times for those heading to and from Taranaki-King Country while in turn making road travel safer and more efficient,” Ms Kuriger says.
“The benefits extend well beyond the highway – local businesses and events are winners as well.
“Movement for stock trucks and milk tankers will be easier and less costly, as will travel to and from events like the national Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
“I look forward to the completion of the Hamilton section and the benefits it will bring to this part of the North Island,” Ms Kuriger says.
About the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway:
- Worth $973 million, the section will run from the State Highway 1/1B interchange at Taupiri, along the eastern side of Hamilton, to State Highway 1 at Tamahere.
- Construction is expected to be complete in 2020, and up to 600 people will be working on the project at its peak.
- At 21.8 kilometres long the section includes 17 new bridges, walking and cycling links, and five interchanges.