The Hamilton section commences at the Lake Road junction with the Ngaruawahia section in the north. It then runs south, to the east of Hamilton, connecting to the existing Tamahere interchange deviation just south of Hillcrest.
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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.
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.