Detours in place as contractors lay final surface on Ngaruawahia section of Waikato Expressway


Motorists travelling between Hamilton and Taupiri are advised that detours will be in place, as contractors continue to lay the final surface on the Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway.

The surface is an open graded porous asphalt, which should significantly reduce noise generated by tyres on the road. 

From March 16 until April 1 the northbound lanes of the Ngaruawahia section will be closed for resurfacing. Traffic using those lanes will be detoured onto the old State Highway 1 (SH1) route via Ngaruawahia.

From April 8 the southbound lanes will be closed. All southbound traffic will be diverted onto the old SH1 route via Ngaruawahia until the work is complete.

Detour signs will be in place at Te Rapa, Horotiu and Taupiri to direct motorists during the works.  Motorists should plan for delays of up to five minutes when travelling. 

The Transport Agency thanks motorists and the residents of Ngaruawahia for their patience and understanding while the detour is in place.


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For more information please contact:

Natalie Dixon
Waikato / Bay of Plenty Media Manager

T: 07 928 7908
M: 021 928 413