In November 2016, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency awarded a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract to the Northern Express Group (NX2) for the project. Under the PPP contract, the Northern Express Group will finance, design, construct, manage and maintain the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway for the 25 years that will follow the expected five-year period to build the motorway. Full ownership of the highway will remain with the public sector.
The motorway was scheduled to open at the end of 2021, but the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown in April meant nearly five weeks of earthmoving was lost. The resumption of work under Alert Level 3 with strict health and safety protocols also impacted the works programme. The new safer, more resilient route between Pūhoi and Warkworth is now expected to be opened to motorists in time for the busy Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2022.
For the latest construction updates, please visit the NX2 website at www.nx2group.com(external link)
For information about the previous investigation, consenting and procurement phases of the project, please read the project phases sections below.