One of the most talked-about infrastructure projects in Waikato is due to get underway in October this year. The high-risk T-intersection at State Highway 1 and State Highway 29 will be replaced with a two-lane roundabout.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, with input from WorkSafe, construction and maintenance suppliers and the road safety sector, has published new best practice guidance to improve safety at work sites – a key challenge facing our transport system.
Today, Hon Michael Wood together with Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust, MP Shanan Halbert and Ward Councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker, Waka Kotahi representatives and project team members celebrated the completion of the 6km kilometre shared path running adjacent to State Highway 1 and subsequently the completion of the approximately $1billion project.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that State Highway 25 between Hikuai and Opoutere will open to one lane this evening to allow light vehicle access over the weekend, after an underslip took out part of the road earlier in the week.
A blessing ceremony led by Dr Wayne Ngata (Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngati Ira and Ngati Porou) with support from Mark Kopua and Iwiata Williams this morning has paved the way for construction of a temporary Bailey bridge to replace the Hikuwai #1 bridge, which was destroyed during Cyclone Gabrielle, to get underway from Monday.
Waka Kotahi is working closely with Civil Defence and other central and local government partners to minimise the impact of the closure of State Highway 2 between Tangoio and Tūtira to residents and emergency services.