Feedback sought on Expressway connection

Map of proposed worksPublic submissions are being called for on a key connection to the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway, as the NZ Transport Agency gears up for full construction.

Hamilton City Council Infrastructure General Manager Chris Allen says the project will open further growth opportunities for the city.

“The project has also allowed us to develop the road hierarchy in the area to get the right traffic on the right roads and ultimately not only improve travel times, but safety as well.”

Mr Allen said the connection completes a strategic transport corridor for the city with the Resolution Drive interchange providing relief to the Hamilton ring road network and supporting development in Rototuna.

The process is another step as the Agency gears up to start full construction on the 21.8km Hamilton Section in October.

The Alliance, made up of the Agency, Fletcher Construction, Beca, Higgins, Coffey and Hick Brothers, started work this month at the northern end of the project between Lake Road and Osborne Road.

Agency acting Hamilton state highway manager Karen Boyt says the connections put forward follow consultation with stakeholders and the community.

“We have worked alongside Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council to ensure the connections at Resolution Drive Interchange work with the local road network, support growth and development on that side of the city and will keep the Horsham Downs community well connected,” Ms Boyt says.

“We encourage people to take part in this submission process.”

A Notice of Requirement to alter the designation and extend Resolution Drive to meet the expressway and create a link across the Expressway to Horsham Downs Road was publically notified last week.

“They are building a 3km long, 10 metre wide haul road for trucks and heavy machinery in this area so they are ready to go come October,” says Ms Boyt.

The Alliance will also be constructing associated environmental controls, culverts, stripping topsoil and building a trial embankment just south of Lake Road.

Details of the Notice of Requirement can be viewed here or at Waikato District Council offices, 15 Galileo Street, Ngaruawhaia. They can also be viewed at the Horsham Downs Community Church office, 10 Martin Lane, Hamilton.

  • Submissions are open until 5pm on 5 May. People can submit in writing to Waikato District Council c/o Rice Resources Ltd, PO Box 431, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240 or by email.

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