Prime Minister John Key & Transport Minister Simon Bridges turned the first sod last Thursday on the $973 million Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway, one of the final of 7 sections of the 102km road of national significance the Government has identified as a key to unlocking New Zealand’s economic growth.
Mr Bridges said work on the 21.8km Hamilton section would start this month, following completion of the Cambridge section in December: “It will pass to the south & east of Hamilton and includes 17 new bridges, walking & cycling links & 5 interchanges, making it easier for freight, business & tourism to travel through the region.”
The Hamilton section will connect to the Ngaruawahia section of the expressway in the north and to the existing Tamahere section in the south.
“The Waikato Expressway will be a game changer for this country. It will create jobs, boost industry and improve safety for all motorists travelling on this section of State Highway 1. It will reduce congestion and unlock economic potential by providing stronger links between the business & agricultural centres of Auckland & the Waikato, as well as the Bay of Plenty.”
The whole expressway project is expected to be complete in 2020.
Attribution: Ministerial release.