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Project introduction

Minor finishing work continues on the Rangiriri section of the Waikato Expressway. Traffic has been on all four lanes and at 100km/h since Easter 2017.

  • Estimated project cost

    $131 million
  • Project type

    4-Laning, Roads of National Significance
  • Project status

    Completed

Project updates

Rangiriri project update – February 2018
Project updates, (PDF)
Completion event – 16 December 2017
Newsletters, (PDF)
Rangiriri project update – November 2017
Project updates, (PDF)
Rangiriri project update – May 2017
Project updates, (PDF)

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Purpose

The Rangiriri section will be a vital part of the primary transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. 

 

Benefits

  • Connect the Longswamp and Ohinewai sections of the expressway.

  • Improve connectivity from Auckland to Huntly and further south.

  • Improve safety, particularly for those using the Rangiriri and Te Kauwhata intersections.

  • Provide improved connections for the community.

Overview

The Waikato Expressway will be 102km long, running from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. It will provide for two lanes of traffic in each direction divided by a central median barrier. Local roads and interchanges will generally be serviced by bridges and underpasses.

When complete the Waikato Expressway will be the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The Expressway will improve economic growth and productivity through more efficient movement of people and freight.

Other benefits include:

  • reducing travel times between Auckland and Cambridge by 35 minutes
  • reducing significantly the number of fatal and serious injury crashes
  • reducing fuel costs
  • reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge
  • increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities.

The Rangiriri section will:

  • connect the Longswamp and Ohinewai sections of the Expressway
  • improve connectivity from Auckland to Huntly and further south
  • improve safety, particularly for those using the Rangiriri and Te Kauwhata intersections
  • provide improved connections for the community.
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