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Rangiriri section

Updated: 18 July 2014

The Rangiriri section of the Waikato Expressway begins at the southern end of the Longswamp section. It runs south joining the existing highway south of Rangiriri.

Rangiriri interchange Te Kauwhata interchange Te Kauwhata interchange Waikato Expressway

Project benefits

When complete the Waikato Expressway will be the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The Expressway will improve economic growth and productivity through more efficient movement of people and freight.

Other benefits include:

  • reducing travel times between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes
  • reducing significantly the number of fatal and serious injury crashes
  • reducing fuel costs
  • reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge
  • increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities

The Rangiriri section will:

  • Connect the Longswamp and Ohinewai sections of the Expressway;
  • Improve connectivity from Auckland to Huntly and further south;
  • Improve safety, particularly for those using the Rangiriri and Te Kauwhata intersections;
  • Provide improved connections for the community.

Key features

The Waikato Expressway will be 102km long, running from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. It will provide for two lanes of traffic in each direction divided by a central median barrier. Local roads and interchanges will generally be serviced by bridges and underpasses.

Maps

Rangiriri map overviewThe Rangiriri section takes shape, with this map showing a proposed change (in red) around the southern end of Wayside Road.

Rangiriri map overview
An aerial view of the Rangiriri section looking north

Quick facts

Current stage of work: Construction

Project Manager: Peter Murphy

Estimated value: $105m

Length of section: 4.8km

Target completion date: 2016

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