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 six-year period to build the motorway. Full ownership of the highway will remain with the public sector.
Work is progressing well on the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth - one of the country’s largest state highway projects, which will provide a safer, more resilient gateway to the north.
Like many construction projects, Pūhoi to Warkworth has experienced delays due to the country’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. Last year’s lengthy lockdown periods in Auckland for example, required works onsite to stop altogether, which naturally caused delays to the programme of works.
Because this is a PPP, road opening is determined by contractual agreements and obligations. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response on these contractual matters, and in turn the programme of works, is currently being worked through with our partners.
Waka Kotahi will provide an update on the expected opening date as soon this work is complete.
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: