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New section of Waikato Expressway open to traffic


Construction of the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway is steaming ahead, with the first completed stretch to be opened to traffic this month, the NZ Transport Agency says.

Updated: 4 September 2014 3.50pm

State Highway 1 (SH1) traffic will be moved onto the first piece of the new expressway, between Duncan Road and Pencarrow Road, from September 11.

The traffic switch will open up a construction area to allow contractors to get started on a new cycleway, earthworks and drainage in the area. The cycleway connection between Strawberry Fields Lane and the Hautapu Road extension is expected to be complete in late 2014.

Hautapu Road access to SH1 will be permanently closed from 4pm on Monday September 8, with  detours in place via Racecourse Road and the recently re-opened Pickering Road.

There will be a left hand turn only for traffic entering or exiting Pencarrow Road with short local detour routes in place for right turning traffic. 

Speed restrictions on SH1 will remain 80km/h. Delays are not anticipated however motorists are asked to drive with extra care while they adapt to the changes.

The Transport Agency thanks travellers for their understanding and patience while construction of the expressway continues.

For further updates and information on the project, visit the Waikato Expressway Visitor Information Centre in Cambridge at 129 Victoria Road or check out the Waikato Expressway’s Facebook page(external link).

Click here [PDF, 3.5 MB] to view an image detailing the detours.

For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can check out and sign up to On The Move at link)

For real time information on highway conditions and incidents visit link) call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawaibop on twitter.

For more information please contact:

Natalie Dixon
Media Manager
Waikato and Bay of Plenty region
NZ Transport Agency

T: 07 928 7908
M: 021 928413