Roading extension projects a step closer

Expressway

 

Hamilton City Council’s Finance Committee has approved a business case for the Resolution Drive and Borman Rd extension projects, part of the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway.

When completed, Resolution Drive will link to the Hamilton section of the expressway from Borman Rd.  Councillors also approved a $9.8m agreement with the NZ Transport Agency, which will allow the agency to complete the Resolution Dr extension.

The project involves:

  • construction of a two-lane major arterial road and a 3m off-road shared walking and cycling path
  • a pedestrian and cycling underpass between Borman Rd and Kay Rd
  • a pedestrian and cycling underpass between the southern side of the expressway and residential land on the north-east of Rototuna.

The project will shorten travel times, improve safety and facilitae growth in Hamilton’s north-eastern subhurbs, the committee were told.

The agreement excludes the Borman Rd West link through to Kay Rd, which will be built by the Council.  It is considered a necessary part of the north-east transport network which is the reason for its inclusion in the business case. The Finance Committee recommendations will be debated at the Council meeting on 27 August.

Construction of the Osborne Road overbridge and the extension of the Resolution Drive arterial north of the expressway to Horsham Downs Road are still to be confirmed.

NZTA’s Hamilton section senior project manager Jo Wilton said the project team is currently carrying out modelling work on local road network in the Horsham Downs area to assess the various options.

Mrs Wilton says the Hamilton section project is still in the tender phase. A successful contractor is expected to be announced in October.

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