A look at how some of Hamilton's key road projects are progressing.
Hamilton Ring Road
A new linking road around the city from Te Rapa Rd (SH1) in the west to Cobham Drive (SH1) in the south, called Wairere Drive, is well underway. It will manage increasing traffic congestion and meet the needs of our growing city.
A 3.5km extension from Crosby Road to Ruakura Road is due for completion by October. This will see a new 4-lane arterial road connecting key areas in the eastern side of the city.
It also includes upgrades to the Peachgrove Road/Te Aroha Street intersection.
The Wairere Drive 4-laning is also making good progress. It is being delivered in stages with the first from Pukete Road to River Road to open in September. The entire Ring Road through to Cobham Drive is due for completion by 2019.
Waikato Expressway - Te Rapa section
This is under construction and is expected to be open by December. Heading north from Hamilton, it starts in Avalon Drive running to just north of Bern Road, at Horotiu.
Waikato Expressway - Hamilton section
This is in the investigation and design stage by NZ Transport Agency (NZTA). Construction of this, which runs on the outside of the Hamilton Ring Road, is planned to start in 2015/16, with the 21.8km section due to open in 2019.
The Hamilton section starts at Lake Road, and will connect to the Ngaruawahia section of the Expressway. It then runs south, to the east of Hamilton city, connecting to the existing SH1 near Cherry Lane, just before the Tamahere Interchange.
Hamilton City Council and NZTA are jointly investigating where a future transport network to the south of Hamilton city in the Peacocke structure plan area of the city would go. The project aims to develop a network of well connected state highway and urban arterials linking: SH 1 from Kahikatea Drive to the Waikato Expressway at Tamahere in the southeast ; and SH3 from the airport to central and east Hamilton.
At this stage a preferred network has been defined, with open days planned for the end of May/early June to present it, and gain further feedback from stakeholders, residents and other interested parties.