Waikato Expressway latest news
- Ngaruawahia section opening celebrations (PDF, 144KB)
- Hamilton section project update, October 2013 (PDF, 1.83MB)
- E-newsletter, issue 2, September 2013
Archived media releases
The Waikato Expressway will provide 102km of continuous divided four-lane highway and reduce the length of State Highway 1 by 6km. It will provide a further 12km of new or upgraded links and a new bridge over the Waikato River north of Hamilton.
The expressway will improve economic growth and productivity for Auckland, Waikato, and the Bay of Plenty through more efficient movement of people and freight. Increased capacity will make the route safer and will move through-traffic away from smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge. This will reduce congestion in those townships and provide journey time savings to through traffic of up to 35 minutes. Important cultural and historic sites such the Urupa on Taupiri Mountain and the Rangiriri Pa will benefit from the improvements provided by the expressway. The Expressway will provide route safety and faster travel times for tourists driving between Auckland and popular sites in Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua and further south.
The Waikato Expressway will:
- improve economic growth and productivity for Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty through more efficient movement of people and freight between Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua
- improve the reliability of the transport network through a more robust and safer road between Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua
- reduce travel times between Waikato and Auckland
- support the growth strategy for the central Waikato.
The individual sections of the Expressway are at the stages described below:
- Pokeno & Mercer sections totalling 22.6km are completed.
- Longswamp section of 5.9km is in the investigation and design stage.
- Rangiriri section totalling 4.8km is under construction.
- Ohinewai section of 7.0km is completed.
- Huntly section of 15.2km is now in secondary investigation and specimen design.
- Ngaruawahia section of 12.3km is now in the construction phase, construction to complete late 2013.
- Te Rapa section of 8km was completed in December 2012.
- Hamilton section of 21.8km is now being investigated and designed.
- Tamahere interchange of 2.4km is completed.
- Cambridge section of 16km, has been awarded to HEB Construction. Construction is expected to begin in late 2013.
Waikato Expressway target programme
The Waikato Expressway is one of the seven state highways, called the Roads of National Significance, identified by the Government as essential to New Zealand's economic prosperity. The NZTA is charged with delivering this programme of state highway improvements within the next 10 years.
Waikato Expressway map - cartoon style