Information day for Horsham Downs

An information day is to be held next month to outline plans to connect Horsham Downs to the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway.

The information day will be held on Tuesday 8 December at the Horsham Downs Community Hall in Martin Lane. People can attend any time between 2pm and 7pm.

Representatives from the NZ Transport Agency, Waikato District Council and Hamilton City Council will be onsite to explain planned connections to the expressway and the subsequent changes to the road network.

The preferred local connections have been confirmed as NZTA gears up to construct the Hamilton section of the expressway in 2016. Preferred plans include:

  • The extension of Resolution Drive (including an off road pedestrian/cycleway path) to meet the Expressway and a link across the Expressway to Horsham Downs Rd.
  • The extension of Borman Rd to connect to Kay Rd.
  • A two-lane bridge, with footpath, over the Expressway at Osborne Rd and Kay Rd.
  • The closure of Kay Rd, west of Resolution Drive.

NZTA’s Hamilton highways manager Kaye Clark said a collaborative approach was being taken to the project.

“We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to attend this information day to see our plans and learn more about the project.

“We are focused on working together to ensure the expressway will work with the local road network to support growth and development, while also keeping the community connected.”

The planning process for an alteration to the expressway designation for these works will begin soon. A Notice of Requirement and resource consent applications for the planned works will be lodged early in 2016.

This will be a publicly notified process and anyone can make a submission.

The Waikato Expressway is one of seven Roads of National Significance (RoNS) identified by the Government as key to unlocking New Zealand’s potential for economic growth. It is being built in seven sections.

The 21.8km Hamilton section of the expressway is the biggest roading project to be undertaken in the Waikato, connecting to the Ngaruawahia section at Lake Road in the north and the existing Tamahere section in the south.

Work is expected to start on the $973 million project in spring 2016.

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